The Godfather, Part II - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Godfather, Part II Reviews

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Kenneth Robinson
The Spectator
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's a second movie made largely out of the bits and pieces of Mr. Puzo's novel that didn't fit into the first. It's a Frankenstein's monster stitched together from leftover parts. It talks. It moves in fits and starts but it has no mind of its own.
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John H. Dorr
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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+
John Paulsen
July 5, 2005
De Niro makes a great Vito, and seems to channel Marlon Brando as he transforms into the Don. While compelling in their own right, these flashbacks provide a break from Michael's single-mindedness, and clearly outline the similarities between the two men.
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
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Part II is brilliant, but not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
September 23, 2014
One of the greatest sequels ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The stunning text of The Godfather is replaced in Part II with prologues, epilogues, footnotes, and good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Few sequels have expanded upon the original with the faithfulness and detail of this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 2, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 12, 2006
A rare sequel to a great film that recaptures and expands upon the mastery of its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
Could this somehow be even better than "The Godfather"? Decide for yourself while I go watch both movies.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 14, 2012
It delves deeper into the Corleone mythology, past the romanticism, to deliver an epic and intelligent tragedy.
Victoria Alexander
May 31, 2004
A rich, fully realized epic.
| Original Score: 5/5
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