The Godfather
The Godfather (1972)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 24, 1972
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: One of Hollywood's greatest critical and commercial successes, The Godfather gets everything right; not only did the movie transcend expectations, it established new benchmarks for American cinema.

Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter

This is a curious film. One comes to understand, even to condone, the activities of the Godfather and his clan.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The Godfather is overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood.

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Christopher Hudson
The Spectator

It is a long (three hours), often exciting and always well-directed film about the struggle for survival of one of the five Mafia 'families,' the Corleones, in late 1940s New York.

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Wanda Hale
New York Daily News

Brando is the strong magnet that will draw fans to The Godfather. But behind-the-scenes creativity is of equal value to this film of towering proportions.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... its amber antique look, its misty-eyed, soft-hearted vision of honorable men battling for their shot at the American main chance as much a part of our collective iconography as ... Citizen Kane or ... The Great Gatsby.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

I don't see how any gifted actor could have done less than Brando does here. His resident power, his sheer innate force, has rarely seemed weaker.

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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice

Brando's triumph and fascination is less that of an actor of parts than of a star galaxy of myths.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 98% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
A great and violent mafia masterpiece, the 2nd is even better!
xGary Xx
The son of a Mafia boss returns from the war and following an attempt on his father's life becomes more and more embroiled in the shadowy world of… More
Christian C
Spectacular. Every time I see it, it gets better. From its flawless direction, to its exceptional score, to its (near-)flawless script, I have no doubt… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] Outstanding in every possible manner, the feature that would be first in the cinema… More
Eugene Bernabe
Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo bring the famed-mafia novel to life. The Godfather is an excellent portrayal of power, betrayal and family. Beautifully… More
Albert Kim
"The Godfather" is highly regarded as the greatest American movie of all-time. No other movie has garnered such praise as this movie has. Undoubtedly,… More