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The Godfather Reviews

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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
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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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2014
The Godfather is overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
To permit us a glimpse at The Mob, with all of its ethnic insularity, is like giving a chronic gambler a chance to wander above the false mirrors that overlook every casino.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
September 24, 2012
Brando's triumph and fascination is less that of an actor of parts than of a star galaxy of myths.
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
February 23, 2011
Traces the arc of this doomed idealism with a beauty that is still fresh.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 23, 2011
Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Ben Walters
Time Out
September 25, 2009
As filmmaking and storytelling, 'The Godfather' remains a bravura piece of work, its set pieces, dialogue and performances entrenched cinematic icons.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 29, 2008
There are volumes that could be written -- and have been -- about the movie's uniformly powerful performances; its precedent-setting editing by William Reynolds and Peter Zinner; Nino Rota's haunting score; and Dean Tavoularis's evocative set design.
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A.D. Murphy
Variety
January 29, 2008
The biggest achievement here is the establishment of mood and time.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
The ultimate family film.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Francis Ford Coppola has made one of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 12, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The years have been kind to this timeless Mafia epic, which seems particularly rich now that studio blockbusters no longer demonstrate this kind of care with character, atmosphere and storytelling.
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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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Mary Brennan
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Corleone, the soft-spoken crimelord, is masterfully played by Brando in one of the most imitated performances of all time.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
In scene after scene ... Coppola crafted an enduring, undisputed masterpiece.