The Godfather, Part III
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After a break of more than 15 years, director Francis Ford Coppola and writer Mario Puzo returned to the well for this third and final story of the fictional Corleone crime family. Two decades have passed, and crime kingpin Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), now divorced from his wife Kay (Diane Keaton), has nearly succeeded in keeping his promise that his family would one day be "completely legitimate." A philanthropist devoted to public service, Michael is in the news as the recipient of a special award from the Pope for his good works, a controversial move given his checkered past.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[...] a crushing disappointment. It's a sluggish movie with nothing to say about the moral rot of the powerful that the first two parts didn't say much better [...]"
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"This hits have gotten bigger, and the violence has gotten bloodier. It's less of an examination of family and more of a character piece for Michael."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Considering the way it inadvertently lampoons and nearly diminishes the earlier two films, this is nothing less than a travesty."
‑ Josh Larsen, Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The third (and final) chapter of Coppola's epic crima saga is the weakest in terms of narrative and acting, but it still has artistic merits."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"While it's better than your average film in a lot of respects, it simply cannot hold up to the legacy of its predecessors."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"An epic without epic scope, a muted, strained, unnatural affair that never comes into dramatic focus."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Most film sequels are strictly optional. The Godfather Part III is inevitable, and as such it's irresistible."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The third and final Godfather saga; not for kids."
‑ Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
"...didn't live up to expectations but turned out to be a pretty good movie in any case."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Indeed the disappointment many of its detractors assert it to be - in the same way that some of Orson Welles' subsequent works can be called disappointments when compared to Citizen Kane."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
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