The Godfather, Part II
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Francis Ford Coppola's legendary continuation and sequel to his landmark 1972 film, The Godfather, parallels the young Vito Corleone's rise with his son Michael's spiritual fall, deepening The Godfather's depiction of the dark side of the American dream. In the early 1900s, the child Vito flees his Sicilian village for America after the local Mafia kills his family. Vito (Robert De Niro) struggles to make a living, legally or illegally, for his wife and growing brood in Little Italy, killing the local Black Hand Fanucci (Gastone Moschin) after he demands his customary cut of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, a landmark work from one of Hollywood's top cinema eras."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Francis Ford Coppola pulls it off in grand style."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"One of the greatest sequels ever."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"It is even better than the first film, and has the greatest single final scene in Hollywood history, a real coup de cinéma."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The plotting is elliptical and the sweep intoxicates, but the contrast between De Niro's meditative Vito and Pacino's soul-starved eyes brings piercing focus to Coppola's resonating study of corrupting power."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"Not once does Pacino overtly ask for the audience's sympathy, but through a disciplined, suggestive performance he dominates the film."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The performances, Gordon Willis' memorably gloomy camerawork, the stately pace and the sheer scale of the story's sweep render everything engrossing and so, well, plausible that our ideas of organised crime in America will forever be marked by this movie."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The result is among the very greatest American films."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"Either taken alone or together with the original, The Godfather Part II is an astounding work."
‑ Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies
"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."
‑ Colin Biggs, Movie Mezzanine
"The Paramount release has everything going for it."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"The stunning text of The Godfather is replaced in Part II with prologues, epilogues, footnotes, and good intentions."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"Arguably better than the original, this is still an amazing film."
‑ Andrew Collins, Empire Magazine
"This film has an even broader scope than the original, but does not fail in its depiction of small, intimate moments and surprising emotional reveals."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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