The Godfather, Part II Reviews

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February 5, 2020
The magisterial pace of the sequel begins to flag about halfway through... But the performances establish continuities of their own, and the acting throughout sustains a much higher level of assurance.
February 5, 2020
There is considerable skill in the way Coppola juggles the Pacino and De Niro episodes, knowing exactly when to switch from one to the other; when to use a slow dissolve, and when a fade-out.
February 4, 2020
In sheer physical terms, however, Godfather Part II displays even more spectacular panache than its predecessor.
February 4, 2020
Few movie sequels are as good as the films they follow and even fewer have about them the air of necessity. Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part II is among the rare exceptions.
December 9, 2019
This movie is so gripping, so intricate and so dense (in the best sense of that word) that its inspirations pale by comparison.
July 10, 2019
It is a lament, an elegy, at times almost a dirge on what vengeance did to two men in different times and different places when they assumed a mantle of power they never sought.
June 3, 2015
It goes much deeper than The Godfather in analyzing the twisted mentalities of these men who pervert the capitalist system for their own gain. The film is richer in texture and gives more evidence of social awareness.
June 3, 2015
An admirable, responsible production, less emotionally disturbing than its predecessor, but a grand historical epic studying the nature of power in the United States' heritage.
June 3, 2015
There are, in fact, a great many good things to look at in the film. But they don't add up to anything very impressive. I came away with the feeling I had been shown somebody's family-snapshot album with all the pictures pasted up in the wrong order.
September 23, 2014
One of the greatest sequels ever.
February 25, 2014
The result is among the very greatest American films.
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.
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 cinma.
February 20, 2014
Either taken alone or together with the original, The Godfather Part II is an astounding work.
February 17, 2014
Arguably better than the original, this is still an amazing 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.
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.
February 24, 2013
One of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, a landmark work from one of Hollywood's top cinema eras.
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.
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