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The Godfather Part II Review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    As the beginning of Part II echoes the opening of "The Godfather," so too does the end. Because of the manner in which circumstances are handled and considering the people involved, the impact here is more forceful. The tragic flaw has accomplished its poisonous, inevitable designs. Coppola punctuates both movies with a gut-twisting exclamation point.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    The only remarkable thing about Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Part II is the insistent manner in which it recalls how much better his original film was...Even if Part II were a lot more cohesive, revealing, and exciting than it is, it probably would have run the risk of appearing to be the self-parody it now seems.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Coppola is unable to draw all this together and make it work on the level of simple, absorbing narrative. The stunning text of "The Godfather" is replaced in Part II with prologues, epilogues, footnotes, and good intentions.

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  • 90

    out of 100


    Al Pacino again is outstanding as Michael Corleone, successor to crime family leadership.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    It is neither a very happy or driving picture. But it is intellectually daring and marks an important breakthrough in the growing up of the Hollywood film.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Brilliant mob movie with graphic violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this is a cinematic masterpiece, the themes and events of this film is not suitable for young teens. Graphic violence in this film is interspersed with long discussions about mafia strategy and the organization of the family. In the opening scene, a mother begs the local don to spare her only son's life at her husband's funeral. The son is shot soon after.

  • Families can talk about the kinds of decisions Michael Corlenone could have made to avoid becoming involved in the Mafia. Does the film provide an accurate portrayal of Italians in America? How might an Italian American view the film? Does it promote cultural stereotypes?

The good stuff
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    Messages: While the importance of family is a central theme, this is a story about the mafia family, people who seem to be above the law and justice. The only justice in this film is mob justice which means they lie, cheat and kill on their quest to amass their fortunes and build their empires.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: A lot of murders, graphic violence. Shootings, strangulations, stabbings. There is an almost constant threat of violence.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Implied sex, references to male genitalia.

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional foul language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Casual drinking and smoking, a few drunk people here and there.