(1972)

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100

Metascore

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100
Just about as great as a movie's ever gonna be... As for the storytellng, The Godfather is an intricately constructed gem that simultaneously kicks ass.
100
ReelViews
The picture is a series of mini-climaxes, all building to the devastating, definitive conclusion... It was carefully and painstakingly crafted. Every major character - and more than a few minor ones - is molded into a distinct, complex individual.
100
Chicago Sun-Times
The wedding sequence... is a virtuoso stretch of filmmaking: Coppola brings his large cast onstage so artfully that we are drawn at once into the Godfather's world.
100
In scene after scene -- the long wedding sequence, John Marley's bloody discovery in his bed, Pacino nervously smoothing down his hair before a restaurant massacre, the godfather's collapse in a garden -- Coppola crafted an enduring, undisputed masterpiece. [21 Mar 1997, Daily Datebook, p.C3]
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The New York Times
One of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment. [16 Mar 1972]
100
A great American picture, full of incredible images and lasting moments.
100
L.A. Weekly
The Godfather traces the arc of this doomed idealism with a beauty that is still fresh.
100
Chicago Reader
Sharp, entertaining, and convincing--discursive, but with a sense of structure and control that Coppola hasn't achieved since.
100
Los Angeles Times
Overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood. And its deaths, like that of Hotspur in "Henry IV, Part I," continue to shock no matter how often we've watched them coming. [16 Mar 1997, Calendar, p.7]
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Variety
Overlong at about 175 minutes (played without intermission), and occasionally confusing. While never so placid as to be boring, it is never so gripping as be superior screen drama.

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