• R, 2 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Francis Ford Coppola
    In Theaters:
    Mar 24, 1972 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 9, 2001
  • Paramount Pictures

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The Godfather Reviews

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Colin Biggs
Movie Mezzanine

That lasting popularity isn't a fluke; the "Godfather" films stand the test of time because these aren't just movies, they're cultural touchstones.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A+

February 4, 2014
John Paulsen
Bullz-Eye.com

Story-wise, there is so much going on that it would have been easy for a director to lose control, but Coppola (helped by a screenplay co-written by Puzo) keeps it all together beautifully.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 5, 2005
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media

The classic tale of a Mafia family. Not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2011
Richard Kattan
Sky Movies

Terrific performances and the perfect brooding atmosphere make it a truly outstanding work.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 5/5

February 23, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 5/5

May 23, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The story by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola is a brilliant conjuring act, inviting us to consider the Mafia entirely on its own terms.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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We come to The Godfather like Kay Adams -- outsiders uncertain in our expectations - but it doesn't take long for us to be captivated by this intricate, violent world.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

How do you write a review about the greatest movie ever made?

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

September 30, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Not only the best of crime film, but all that is possible with cinematic achievement.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

April 21, 2005
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

What more needs to be said? It's a grade-A, bona-fide Classic with a capital C.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A defining film in the history of cinema, The Godfather introduced a legendary filmmaker and several acting greats in the telling of an Italian American dynasty undone by the tragic circumstances of their criminal exploits.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/5

August 11, 2011
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

| Original Score: 5/5

December 1, 2003
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Like a favored method of Mafia influence, "The Godfather" is an offer no audience can refuse.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

May 3, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Like Citizen Kane, The Godfather doesn't age.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

October 20, 2006
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
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In its blending of new depth with an old genre, it becomes that rarity, a mass entertainment that is also great movie art.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 23, 2011
A.D. Murphy
Variety
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The biggest achievement here is the establishment of mood and time.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 29, 2008
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

With The Godfather, Coppola got everything right, balancing art with commerce -- and turning a big-studio project into something deeply personal and resonant.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

January 1, 2000
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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An everyday story of Mafia folk, incorporating a severed horse's head in the bed and a number of heartwarming family occasions, as well as pointers on how not to behave in your local trattoria.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Is it really possible that this bears repeating? The Godfather is extraordinary.

| Original Score: 5/5

December 8, 2003
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Over The Godfather's three-hour running time, the story of Michael's transformation from a 'civilian' in a mob family into its hard-nosed general never flags.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
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