The Godfather, Part II
The Godfather, Part II (1974)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Drawing on strong performances by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola's continuation of Mario Puzo's Mafia saga set new standards for sequels that have yet to be matched or broken.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

One of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, a landmark work from one of Hollywood's top cinema eras.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Francis Ford Coppola pulls it off in grand style.

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

One of the greatest sequels ever.

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TIME Magazine

Not once does Pacino overtly ask for the audience's sympathy, but through a disciplined, suggestive performance he dominates the film.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

The result is among the very greatest American films.

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A.D. Murphy

The Paramount release has everything going for it.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The stunning text of The Godfather is replaced in Part II with prologues, epilogues, footnotes, and good intentions.

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Adrian Turner
Radio 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 97% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
Thirty-seven years after this came out, it is still one of the most thrilling movies out there. Al Pacino and Diane Keaton have to be the most unlikely couple… More
Lucas Martins
Terrific film, the best sequel ever! And in some moments, The Godfather, Part II is even better that the first one. Fresh.
Jens S.
The sequel to Coppola's classic mafia crime story both continues the events around Michael Corleone and takes us back to his father's life story.… More
Sanjay Rema
This is just as, if not more interesting than the first. The depiction of Vito's rise and Michael's fall is nice. Like the first, however, the story… More
Graham Jones
One of the best sequels of all time, the depth of this one exceeds it's predecessor. DeNiro and Pacino are amazing.
Daniel Perry
The second Godfather is packed with great scenes, and particularly shines when flashing back to Vito Corleone's youth in Sicily, where de Niro slowly… More