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The Godfather Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The picture is a series of mini-climaxes, all building to the devastating, definitive conclusion... It was carefully and painstakingly crafted. Every major character - and more than a few minor ones - is molded into a distinct, complex individual.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood. And its deaths, like that of Hotspur in "Henry IV, Part I," continue to shock no matter how often we've watched them coming. [16 Mar 1997, Calendar, p.7]

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The wedding sequence... is a virtuoso stretch of filmmaking: Coppola brings his large cast onstage so artfully that we are drawn at once into the Godfather's world.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood. The don is so close to a comic character -- the movie itself is so close to comedy -- that Brando's capacity to move us in the role is doubly impressive. At the end, it is the older Godfather's tenderness and sagacity we recall. [21 Mar 1997, Friday, p.A]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

The classic tale of a Mafia family, violence and all.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know this movie contains graphic violence. There are machine gun killings, brutal beatings, betrayals, blood. The murders are not unnecessarily gory or lengthy, but their startling abruptness and the expressions of horror on the victims' faces make these images unforgettable. The violence always has gravity. There is brief nudity and sex, and a few curse words. Children too young to see the violence in this film wouldn't be able to appreciate the intricacies of the plot and so would have no interest in the movie.

  • Families can talk about whether or not they feel the level of violence in the movie is necessary.
  • When, if ever, it is okay to operate outside of a corrupt legal system? Do the ends justify the means?
  • What might lead an individual, or a group, to systematically disobey the law?
  • What makes this movie a classic?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Disobeying the law and murdering enemies is a necessary evil. All authority is corrupt.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Not too many characters you would want your kid emulating...

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Numerous graphic murders, domestic fights, beatings.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Brief nudity (breasts), brief sex scene (fully clothed).

  • language false3

    Language: A few curses, numerous racial slurs.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Extensive use of alcohol and tobacco.