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100
Entertainment Weekly
In this brilliantly sustained climax, Coppola unveils a vision of corruption that embraces the entire world, but he's also reveling in sheer theatrical magic in a way that only a master can.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
This lushly photographed, brilliantly acted and wonderfully entertaining movie has its own claims to uniqueness. It's the most thoughtful of the three films, and its climax brings the entire series into sharper focus. [25 Dec 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
90
Los Angeles Times
Though definitely one of the best American movies of the year--a work of high ensemble talent and intelligence, gorgeously mounted and crafted, artistically audacious in ways that most American movies don't even attempt--it's still a disappointment... It's not the capstone we might have wanted Coppola to make. [23 Dec 1990, Calendar, p.9]
88
Chicago Sun-Times
It's strange how the earlier movies fill in the gaps left by this one, and answer the questions. 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.
88
ReelViews
One of the most obvious problems with The Godfather Part III is that it covers little new territory. The plot is highly derivative of the original.
75
USA Today
Alas, what you've heard about Sofia Coppola (as Michael's daughter) is true; she swallows words and speaks "valley girl.'' What a difference Winona Ryder would have made. [24 Dec 1990, Life, p.1D]
50
Chicago Tribune
An air of embarrassing familiarity hangs over the entire project, as if it were a story told by an aging relative not quite aware of how many times, and how much better, he has been over the same material before. [25 Dec 1990, Tempo, p.1]
50
One of the most frustrating films of 1990, an epic without epic scope, a muted, strained, unnatural affair that never comes into dramatic focus.
40
A dreadful disappointment.
38
Christian Science Monitor
The main performances are generally weak, although the smaller ones are sometimes brilliant, and the yarn never builds much momentum as it leapfrogs from one subplot to another. [28 Dec 1990, Arts, p.14]
25
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
More than merely another bad movie, it's the most depressing development yet in Coppola's career. It's a would-be cash cow bred cynically to excrete money, the arty answer to "Child's Play 2" or "Back to the Future III."

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