• 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

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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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February 26, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

January 18, 2013
Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
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Brando's triumph and fascination is less that of an actor of parts than of a star galaxy of myths.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 24, 2012
F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
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Traces the arc of this doomed idealism with a beauty that is still fresh.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 23, 2011
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

February 23, 2011
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.

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February 23, 2011
Ben Walters
Time Out
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As filmmaking and storytelling, 'The Godfather' remains a bravura piece of work, its set pieces, dialogue and performances entrenched cinematic icons.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

September 25, 2009
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 29, 2008
A.D. Murphy
Variety
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The biggest achievement here is the establishment of mood and time.

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January 29, 2008
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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The ultimate family film.

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December 13, 2006
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.

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February 9, 2006
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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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May 20, 2003
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

January 12, 2002
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
John Hartl
Film.com
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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.

January 1, 2000
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
Mary Brennan
Film.com
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Corleone, the soft-spoken crimelord, is masterfully played by Brando in one of the most imitated performances of all time.

January 1, 2000
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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In scene after scene ... Coppola crafted an enduring, undisputed masterpiece.

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January 1, 2000
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