'The Godfather' Critic Reviews

97%
MovieWeb:   10 reviews
100%
Rotten Tomatoes:   79 reviews
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Francis Ford Coppola has made one of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    100
    A measured, deathly serious epic.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    There are volumes that could be written -- and have been -- about the movie's uniformly powerful performances; its precedent-setting editing by William Reynolds and Peter Zinner; Nino Rota's haunting score; and Dean Tavoularis's evocative set design.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Brando's triumph and fascination is less that of an actor of parts than of a star galaxy of myths.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    The story by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola is a brilliant conjuring act, inviting us to consider the Mafia entirely on its own terms.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The ultimate family film.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    100
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • A.D. Murphy Variety (Top Critic)
    The biggest achievement here is the establishment of mood and time.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Mary Brennan Film.com (Top Critic)
    Corleone, the soft-spoken crimelord, is masterfully played by Brando in one of the most imitated performances of all time.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • John Hartl Film.com (Top Critic)
    The years have been kind to this timeless Mafia epic, which seems particularly rich now that studio blockbusters no longer demonstrate this kind of care with character, atmosphere and storytelling.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    100
    We come to The Godfather like Kay Adams -- outsiders uncertain in our expectations - but it doesn't take long for us to be captivated by this intricate, violent world.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Jay Cocks TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    In its blending of new depth with an old genre, it becomes that rarity, a mass entertainment that is also great movie art.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Hank Sartin Time Out Chicago
    It's hard to find a moment in the film that isn't great. The Godfather lives up to the term masterpiece.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matthew Pejkovic Matt's Movie Reviews
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    92
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sky Movies
    100
    Terrific performances and the perfect brooding atmosphere make it a truly outstanding work.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • F.X. Feeney L.A. Weekly
    Traces the arc of this doomed idealism with a beauty that is still fresh.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rumsey Taylor Not Coming to a Theater Near You
    The Godfather films remain so powerful, so ubiquitous, because in the Corleones we see the American Dream -- and in turn, ourselves.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elliot Panek Common Sense Media
    100
    The classic tale of a Mafia family. Not for kids.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kevin A. Ranson MovieCrypt.com
    100
    With all due respect to this 1972 classic, Vizzini was right: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Total Film
    100
    The greatest gangster film ever made.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ben Walters Time Out
    60
    As filmmaking and storytelling, 'The Godfather' remains a bravura piece of work, its set pieces, dialogue and performances entrenched cinematic icons.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    100
    Like a favored method of Mafia influence, "The Godfather" is an offer no audience can refuse.
    Full Review » 5 years ago