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The Godfather Reviews

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January 30, 2018
I found that flogging about for three hours in that quagmire was spiritually debilitating and a crazy waste of time.
February 22, 2015
I don't see how any gifted actor could have done less than Brando does here. His resident power, his sheer innate force, has rarely seemed weaker.
March 22, 2018
The movie is preposterously entertaining, telling Puzo's compendium of old-time Mafia anecdotes with all the gravity of Old Testament epic.
March 11, 2015
It is a long (three hours), often exciting and always well-directed film about the struggle for survival of one of the five Mafia 'families,' the Corleones, in late 1940s New York.
February 22, 2015
Brando is the strong magnet that will draw fans to The Godfather. But behind-the-scenes creativity is of equal value to this film of towering proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 15, 2017
This is a curious film. One comes to understand, even to condone, the activities of the Godfather and his clan.
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+
July 5, 2005
Story-wise, there is so much going on that it would have been easy for a director to lose control, but Coppola (helped by a screenplay co-written by Puzo) keeps it all together beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2011
The classic tale of a Mafia family. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 23, 2011
Terrific performances and the perfect brooding atmosphere make it a truly outstanding work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 4, 2015
... its amber antique look, its misty-eyed, soft-hearted vision of honorable men battling for their shot at the American main chance as much a part of our collective iconography as ... Citizen Kane or ... The Great Gatsby.
Read More | Original Score: 95/100
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
September 30, 2005
How do you write a review about the greatest movie ever made?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 21, 2005
Not only the best of crime film, but all that is possible with cinematic achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 26, 2002
What more needs to be said? It's a grade-A, bona-fide Classic with a capital C.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 11, 2011
A defining film in the history of cinema, The Godfather introduced a legendary filmmaker and several acting greats in the telling of an Italian American dynasty undone by the tragic circumstances of their criminal exploits.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 1, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 3, 2009
Like a favored method of Mafia influence, "The Godfather" is an offer no audience can refuse.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
October 20, 2006
Like Citizen Kane, The Godfather doesn't age.
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