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The Godfather Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
February 22, 2015
I don't see how any gifted actor could have done less than Brando does here. His resident power, his sheer innate force, has rarely seemed weaker.
Christopher Hudson
The Spectator
March 11, 2015
It is a long (three hours), often exciting and always well-directed film about the struggle for survival of one of the five Mafia 'families,' the Corleones, in late 1940s New York.
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Wanda Hale
New York Daily News
February 22, 2015
Brando is the strong magnet that will draw fans to The Godfather. But behind-the-scenes creativity is of equal value to this film of towering proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Colin Biggs
Movie Mezzanine
February 4, 2014
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 | Original Score: A+
John Paulsen
July 5, 2005
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
The classic tale of a Mafia family. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Richard Kattan
Sky Movies
February 23, 2011
Terrific performances and the perfect brooding atmosphere make it a truly outstanding work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 4, 2015
... its amber antique look, its misty-eyed, soft-hearted vision of honorable men battling for their shot at the American main chance as much a part of our collective iconography as ... Citizen Kane or ... The Great Gatsby.
Full Review | Original Score: 95/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
How do you write a review about the greatest movie ever made?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 21, 2005
Not only the best of crime film, but all that is possible with cinematic achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
What more needs to be said? It's a grade-A, bona-fide Classic with a capital C.
| Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 11, 2011
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
May 3, 2009
Like a favored method of Mafia influence, "The Godfather" is an offer no audience can refuse.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 20, 2006
Like Citizen Kane, The Godfather doesn't age.
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
February 23, 2011
In its blending of new depth with an old genre, it becomes that rarity, a mass entertainment that is also great movie art.
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A.D. Murphy
January 29, 2008
The biggest achievement here is the establishment of mood and time.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
With The Godfather, Coppola got everything right, balancing art with commerce -- and turning a big-studio project into something deeply personal and resonant.
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