The Godfather, Part III Reviews

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve
May 12, 2014
[...] a crushing disappointment. It's a sluggish movie with nothing to say about the moral rot of the powerful that the first two parts didn't say much better [...]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 28, 2011
The film is a slow fuse with a big bang -- one that echoes through every family whose own tragedy is an aching for things past and loved ones lost.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 9, 2011
The third (and final) chapter of Coppola's epic crima saga is the weakest in terms of narrative and acting, but it still has artistic merits.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
The third and final Godfather saga; not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 8, 2008
This hits have gotten bigger, and the violence has gotten bloodier. It's less of an examination of family and more of a character piece for Michael.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 6, 2008
While it's better than your average film in a lot of respects, it simply cannot hold up to the legacy of its predecessors.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 17, 2008
...didn't live up to expectations but turned out to be a pretty good movie in any case.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
February 7, 2008
Considering the way it inadvertently lampoons and nearly diminishes the earlier two films, this is nothing less than a travesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 12, 2007
The movie, a heady thicket of political intrigue and double crosses, is slower, talkier, and more prosaic than the first two films, and its narrative seams sometimes show. And yet it's more than the sum of its mazelike convolutions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Variety Staff
Variety
December 12, 2007
The Godfather Part III matches its predecessors in narrative intensity, epic scope, socio-political analysis, physical beauty and deep feeling for its characters and milieu.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 12, 2007
An epic without epic scope, a muted, strained, unnatural affair that never comes into dramatic focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2007
Represents a certain moral improvement over its predecessors by refusing to celebrate and condemn violence and duplicity in the same breath, or at least to the same degree.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 25, 2007
Indeed the disappointment many of its detractors assert it to be - in the same way that some of Orson Welles' subsequent works can be called disappointments when compared to Citizen Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 20, 2006
Very few have stepped up to bat to defend The Godfather Part III (1990), which I consider a masterpiece and the equal of Parts I and II.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 28, 2006
O terceiro ato da obra máxima do Cinema.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The acting is merely passable, several characters are given nothing to do, and Michael's paranoid self-pity lends the film an absurd morality: Coppola expects us to sympathise with the semblance of virtue.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
A huge letdown that sorely misses Robert Duvall.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com
September 28, 2005
I think if you can take a step back from the first two movies and if you can ignore the younger Ms. Coppola, this is still a more artful and ambitious movie than the industry standard.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 24, 2004
To call this the weakest of the three movies is like calling Fredo the weakest of the three brothers. Duh.
| Original Score: 2/5
Barry McIlheney
Empire Magazine
September 15, 2004
Fans of the first two instalments are likely to find The Godfather Part III an unworthy heir to the tradition. First-time voters, meanwhile, will surely wonder what on earth all the fuss was all about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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