The Godfather, Part III Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
July 9, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
November 12, 2003
| 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
Cole Smithey
December 9, 2007
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
October 9, 2001
Ultimately, the film is fine for ending the trilogy, but Part III is more of an appendix than an epilogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
November 1, 2001
A discordant and unnecessary coda to an already completed and glorious symphony of films.
Full Review | Original Score: 64/100
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 30, 2004
Aims for metaphysical truth but ends up with little more than corpses on the ground.
| Original Score: 2/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[An] offer director Francis Ford Coppola should have refused.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
A huge letdown that sorely misses Robert Duvall.
| Original Score: 2/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 16, 2007
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 18, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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
Top Critic
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It may be that Coppola was right to put off filing this last installment all these years; from the evidence here, he had nothing more to say.
Neil Smith
April 17, 2001
Anyone with memories of The Godfather and its 1974 sequel will shudder at how Coppola reduces their powerful iconography to the level of a daytime soap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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

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
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
The third and final Godfather saga; not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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