The Godfather, Part II Reviews

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]
September 23, 2014
One of the greatest sequels ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
February 25, 2014
The result is among the very greatest American films.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
February 25, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
February 20, 2014
It is even better than the first film, and has the greatest single final scene in Hollywood history, a real coup de cinéma.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
February 20, 2014
Either taken alone or together with the original, The Godfather Part II is an astounding work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Collins
Empire Magazine
February 17, 2014
Arguably better than the original, this is still an amazing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
February 17, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 24, 2013
One of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, a landmark work from one of Hollywood's top cinema eras.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 22, 2012
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 14, 2012
It delves deeper into the Corleone mythology, past the romanticism, to deliver an epic and intelligent tragedy.
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
February 13, 2012
From start to finish, this is filmmaking at its most immortal.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
February 27, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 30, 2011
Instead of sitting in the shadow of the original Godfather, the Godfather Part II added to to the epic and made it even greater.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Part II is brilliant, but not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 1, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Top Critic

TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
Not once does Pacino overtly ask for the audience's sympathy, but through a disciplined, suggestive performance he dominates the film.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 8, 2008
Although it runs a bit long, The Godfather: Part II is still an excellent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 6, 2008
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.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 17, 2008 epic landscape of events and an exquisite tapestry of characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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