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The Godfather, Part II (1974)

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99

Average Rating: 9.4/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 66 | Rotten: 1

Drawing on strong performances by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola's continuation of Mario Puzo's Mafia saga set new standards for sequels that have yet to be matched or broken.

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

Drawing on strong performances by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola's continuation of Mario Puzo's Mafia saga set new standards for sequels that have yet to be matched or broken.

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Francis Ford Coppola's legendary continuation and sequel to his landmark 1972 film, The Godfather, parallels the young Vito Corleone's rise with his son Michael's spiritual fall, deepening The Godfather's depiction of the dark side of the American dream. In the early 1900s, the child Vito flees his Sicilian village for America after the local Mafia kills his family. Vito (Robert De Niro) struggles to make a living, legally or illegally, for his wife and growing brood in Little Italy, killing the

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One of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, a landmark work from one of Hollywood's top cinema eras.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Not once does Pacino overtly ask for the audience's sympathy, but through a disciplined, suggestive performance he dominates the film.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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The Paramount release has everything going for it.

February 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Francis Ford Coppola pulls it off in grand style.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The performances, Gordon Willis' memorably gloomy camerawork, the stately pace and the sheer scale of the story's sweep render everything engrossing and so, well, plausible that our ideas of organised crime in America will forever be marked by this movie.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The stunning text of The Godfather is replaced in Part II with prologues, epilogues, footnotes, and good intentions.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (8)
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The result is among the very greatest American films.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Breathtaking in scope, Part II also shows the early life of the Don, brilliantly portrayed by Robert De Niro, as he flees Sicily and sails for New York. These sequences have the grandeur of a silent movie by DW Griffith or Erich von Stroheim.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It is even better than the first film, and has the greatest single final scene in Hollywood history, a real coup de cinéma.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Either taken alone or together with the original, The Godfather Part II is an astounding work.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Arguably better than the original, this is still an amazing film.

February 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The plotting is elliptical and the sweep intoxicates, but the contrast between De Niro's meditative Vito and Pacino's soul-starved eyes brings piercing focus to Coppola's resonating study of corrupting power.

February 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

This film has an even broader scope than the original, but does not fail in its depiction of small, intimate moments and surprising emotional reveals.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It delves deeper into the Corleone mythology, past the romanticism, to deliver an epic and intelligent tragedy.

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: AskMen.com

From start to finish, this is filmmaking at its most immortal.

February 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

A rare sequel that is even better than the original 1972 The Godfather, largely due to the superb performances by De Niro (as the young Brando character), Pacino, who here assumes the lead, and the rest of the ensemble.

February 27, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Instead of sitting in the shadow of the original Godfather, the Godfather Part II added to to the epic and made it even greater.

January 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Part II is brilliant, but not for kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (12)
Common Sense Media

Often ranked as the greatest movie sequel ever produced, The Godfather: Part II follows Al Pacino's Michael Corleone as he teams up with gangster Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg) in an effort to expand his empire into the lucrative world of gambling.

April 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Although it runs a bit long, The Godfather: Part II is still an excellent film.

October 8, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

While I'm sure profits were a big part of the conversation the Paramount suits had when deciding to green-light The Godfather Part II, but Coppola didn't go out and bastardize the franchise. Far from it.

October 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Views

...an epic landscape of events and an exquisite tapestry of characterizations.

September 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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It's not Shakespearean, but it's tragic.

March 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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As far as great trilogies go, it's a close second to Sergio Leone's "Dollars" trilogy.

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September 1, 2013
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Thirty-seven years after this came out, it is still one of the most thrilling movies out there. Al Pacino and Diane Keaton have to be the most unlikely couple ever cooked up by Hollywood, but their chemistry is real. The story lines never seem implausable and they succeed in making criminals sympathetic. The scenes shot in Italy are so beautiful you can lick them. The flashback scene at Vito's birthday party when Michael announces he joined the Marines--after his father and lawyer-brother pulled strings to keep him out--is a brilliantly executed study in character. It is a real salute to Cappollo to say that when Michael Coreleone is alone at the end of the movie, you absolutely feel for him.
May 22, 2012
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Bathsheba Monk

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The sequel to Coppola's classic mafia crime story both continues the events around Michael Corleone and takes us back to his father's life story. Michael, wonderfully portrayed by Al Pacino, seems to get more ruthless, unsympathetic and paranoid while ruling his empire with an iron fist. He still has to fight the competition, deal with betrayal from his own ranks and deal with his broken marriage at the same time. That's interesting most of the time, but sometimes could have used some serious trimming. The film easily could have lost 30-45 more minutes to be much more leaner and to the point. Instead it is celebrating its own slowness a little too much. The flashbacks portraying Vito's story, now played by Robert DeNiro, do not exactly explain the man's thoughts and motivations. We get glimpses at his life every five years or so, but the decision to become the next Godfather remains somewhat in the dark. A well acted and filmed sequel, but it does not top the original film and is honestly a tad overrated, if judged by today's viewing habits.
April 9, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

One of the best sequels of all time, the depth of this one exceeds it's predecessor. DeNiro and Pacino are amazing.
March 22, 2012
Graham Jones

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    1. Michael Corleone: If you don't listen to me and marry this man, you'll disappoint me.
    – Submitted by Rafi R (12 months ago)
    1. Hyman Roth: Smaller piece.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (16 months ago)
    1. Michael Corleone: Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (17 months ago)
    1. Michael Corleone: Keep them alive.
    2. Rocco Lampone: We'll try.
    3. Michael Corleone: Rocco! Alive!
    – Submitted by Redwan A (19 months ago)
    1. Vito Corleone: [whispering in Italian] My father's name was Antonio Andolini, and this is for you!
    – Submitted by Redwan A (19 months ago)
    1. Fredo Corleone: [ordering drinks in a Havana cafe] Uno... por favor... [to Michael] How do you say banana daiquiri?
    2. Michael Corleone: Banana daiquiri.
    – Submitted by Adam O (19 months ago)
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