The Godfather
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Popularly viewed as one of the best American films ever made, the multi-generational crime saga The Godfather is a touchstone of cinema: one of the most widely imitated, quoted, and lampooned movies of all time. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino star as Vito Corleone and his youngest son, Michael, respectively. It is the late 1940s in New York and Corleone is, in the parlance of organized crime, a "godfather" or "don," the head of a Mafia family. Michael, a free thinker who defied his father by enlisting in the Marines to fight in World War II, has returned a captain and a war… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"The Godfather is overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Traces the arc of this doomed idealism with a beauty that is still fresh."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"This elegiac organised-crime saga from the young Francis Ford Coppola is one of the all-time high watermarks of American cinema, rich with subtle acting and blessed with stunning cinematography from Gordon Willis."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"A defining film in the history of cinema, The Godfather introduced a legendary filmmaker and several acting greats in the telling of an Italian American dynasty undone by the tragic circumstances of their criminal exploits."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"The Godfather films remain so powerful, so ubiquitous, because in the Corleones we see the American Dream -- and in turn, ourselves."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"To permit us a glimpse at The Mob, with all of its ethnic insularity, is like giving a chronic gambler a chance to wander above the false mirrors that overlook every casino."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"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
"This compeling movie of mafia and family life is superb in every department, writing, acting, directing, a highlight of Coppola's career as well as of New American Cinema."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The classic tale of a Mafia family. Not for kids."
‑ Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
"Brando's triumph and fascination is less that of an actor of parts than of a star galaxy of myths."
‑ Andrew Sarris, Village Voice
"In its blending of new depth with an old genre, it becomes that rarity, a mass entertainment that is also great movie art."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"It's hard to find a moment in the film that isn't great. The Godfather lives up to the term masterpiece."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out Chicago
"Terrific performances and the perfect brooding atmosphere make it a truly outstanding work."
‑ Richard Kattan, Sky Movies
"With all due respect to this 1972 classic, Vizzini was right: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
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