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The Godfather, Part II Reviews

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

The result is among the very greatest American films.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 5/5

February 25, 2014
Adrian Turner
Radio 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.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

February 25, 2014
Peter Bradshaw

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

February 20, 2014
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies

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

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 5/5

February 20, 2014
Andrew Collins
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

February 17, 2014
Kevin Harley
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

February 17, 2014
Colin Biggs
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A+

February 4, 2014
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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.

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

February 24, 2013
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

August 22, 2012

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

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August 14, 2012
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

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

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

February 13, 2012
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

February 27, 2011
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

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 Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

January 30, 2011
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media

Part II is brilliant, but not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2011
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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 Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 77/100

April 1, 2009

TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 20, 2009
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 8, 2008
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

October 6, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis epic landscape of events and an exquisite tapestry of characterizations.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 10/10

September 17, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's not Shakespearean, but it's tragic.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

March 8, 2008
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