Francis Ford Coppola has made one of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
A measured, deathly serious epic.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Brando's triumph and fascination is less that of an actor of parts than of a star galaxy of myths.
Andrew Sarris - Village Voice
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.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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
The ultimate family film.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Susan Stark - Detroit News
The biggest achievement here is the establishment of mood and time.
A.D. Murphy - Variety
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.
John Hartl - Film.com
Corleone, the soft-spoken crimelord, is masterfully played by Brando in one of the most imitated performances of all time.
Mary Brennan - Film.com
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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
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
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
Traces the arc of this doomed idealism with a beauty that is still fresh.
F.X. Feeney - L.A. Weekly
Terrific performances and the perfect brooding atmosphere make it a truly outstanding work.
Dean Essner - Sky Movies
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
The classic tale of a Mafia family. Not for kids.
Elliot Panek - Common Sense Media
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 - MovieCrypt.com
As filmmaking and storytelling, 'The Godfather' remains a bravura piece of work, its set pieces, dialogue and performances entrenched cinematic icons.
Ben Walters - Time Out
The greatest gangster film ever made.
Dean Essner - Total Film
Like a favored method of Mafia influence, "The Godfather" is an offer no audience can refuse.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
With the themes of family and loyalty, this film is a must see for any movie fan.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Coppola offers a rich and layered look at family and does so with an incredible cast and a meticulous amount of detail.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 classic, The Godfather, is to gangster films what Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments was to super spectaculars.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
...it's the stellar cast's career-best work that ultimately assures the viewer's interest even through the film's less-than-enthralling stretches.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
...a metaphor for creating and protecting your own business in this country - only with the added glamour of guns.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
A multi-generational epic that never leaves the audience less than enthralled, this is the godfather of all gangster films.
Dean Essner - Film4
Not only one of the greatest mob films of all time, The Godfather is also one of the greatest overall pictures ever.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Like Citizen Kane, The Godfather doesn't age.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
O primeiro ato da obra maxima do Cinema.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
An everyday story of Mafia folk, incorporating a severed horse's head in the bed and a number of heartwarming family occasions, as well as pointers on how not to behave in your local trattoria.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
How do you write a review about the greatest movie ever made?
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Story-wise, there is so much going on that it would have been easy for a director to lose control, but Coppola (helped by a screenplay co-written by Puzo) keeps it all together beautifully.
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Not only the best of crime film, but all that is possible with cinematic achievement.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
It could be argued that Francis Ford Coppola's film of Mario Puzo's bestseller, at once an art movie and a commercial blockbuster, marked the dawn of the age of the mega-movie.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
One of those sublimely rare movies in which every element-casting, acting, directing, script, cinematography, score-comes together.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
The epic gangster film.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Simply great, if not the greatest!
John Urbancich - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
Is it really possible that this bears repeating? The Godfather is extraordinary.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The original is back on the big screen and it looks great.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
If you care for film at all, do yourself the great favor of getting out to that theater and immersing yourself in a genuine American classic.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
From the "I believe in America" opening speech to the haunting final shot, this is near flawless film-making.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
What more needs to be said? It's a grade-A, bona-fide Classic with a capital C.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Aquel que no ha visto El Padrino no puede decir que ama al cine
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Not to be missed.
Leslie Rigoulot - Film Scouts
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
It engulfs us in the lives of a lot of despicable people, but it fails to repulse us.
Shay Casey - Film Written Magazine
Heartbreakingly paradoxical: exquisite filmmaking, tragic self-annhiliation.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
The performances Coppola got out of these young actors are extraordinary. We understand their every glance, their every thought...
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Coppola's masterpiece reveals something new every time you watch it.
Neil Smith - BBC
still a riveting piece of work, a true masterpiece of the American cinema
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
So many great roles and characters in this movie and then there's that eternally haunting Nino Rota score.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
The three-part gangster saga from Italian-American director Francis Ford Coppola is a superb trilogy of films
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Examining the meaning of family, violence, love, betrayal, and loyalty just to name a few, its quality set a standard that few films have matched.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
All of the filmic arts - design, cinematography, editing, music - come together to forge what is, by any measure, one of the great movies of all time.
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
A classic in its own very right, Director Francis Ford Coppola brings us, the ultimate mob movie.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
As scary as it is intelligent, as funny as it is touching, The Godfather is a prime example of the way cinema should be: excellent telling of complete stories.
James Brundage - Filmcritic.com
With The Godfather, Coppola got everything right, balancing art with commerce -- and turning a big-studio project into something deeply personal and resonant.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Coppola was signed to direct what was thought would be a pulp gangster film, but created one of the greatest epics ever.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
The story of this movie could have taken place everywhere in the world, and that explains why the people will associate with its characters for many decades to come.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
While there have been changes from the novel, the film is both compelling and powerful.
Dean Essner - Boxoffice Magazine
One of the central American movies of the last 25 years, and one of very few to succed as both popular entertainment and high art.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
In scene after scene ... Coppola crafted an enduring, undisputed masterpiece.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
Over The Godfather's three-hour running time, the story of Michael's transformation from a 'civilian' in a mob family into its hard-nosed general never flags.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Unlike many of its imitators made during the 25 years since its release, The Godfather is a handbook on cinematic lucidity.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner