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The Godfather, Part III Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Most film sequels are strictly optional. The Godfather Part III is inevitable, and as such it's irresistible.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The Godfather Part III is a good movie, with moments of rare power, but it is not a great one -- a reason why many fans of the series have voiced their disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is, I suspect, not even possible to understand this film without knowing the first two, and yet, knowing them, Part III works better than it should, evokes the same sense of wasted greatness, of misdirected genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[An] offer director Francis Ford Coppola should have refused.