The Godfather, Part III
The Godfather, Part III (1990)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 25, 1990
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

The movie has received an unfair amount of at times very petty criticism for the unspeakable crime of being a worse film two of the most highly-regarded American films ever made.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

[...] 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 [...]

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Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Most film sequels are strictly optional. The Godfather Part III is inevitable, and as such it's irresistible.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
After a break of more than 15 years, Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo reunited for this: the long overdue final chapter of the saga of the Corleone crime… More
Eric Alvarez
A descent movie, but this is minor league compared to the first two.
Jim Careter
The Godfather Part 3 is the final and the weakest in the Godfather trilogy, but I am not saying it was not bad at all, in fact it was a beautiful conclusion and… More
Kristijonas Fussman
An inferior and under-rated, albeit sufficient conclusion to the greatest gangster-crime trilogy of all time. It mars the source-material and impact of the… More
Zach Brehany
This is it: The end of the greatest film trilogy of all time and one that has yet to be beaten. Every moment of the previous films led up to this film and, for… More
Emile Tremblay
As a whole movie, this third act might disappoint, but for what it's worth, the way Michael Corleone's character has been developed in this final film… More