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The Godfather Part III Review

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

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    In this brilliantly sustained climax, Coppola unveils a vision of corruption that embraces the entire world, but he's also reveling in sheer theatrical magic in a way that only a master can.

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  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    An air of embarrassing familiarity hangs over the entire project, as if it were a story told by an aging relative not quite aware of how many times, and how much better, he has been over the same material before. [25 Dec 1990, Tempo, p.1]

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Alas, what you've heard about Sofia Coppola (as Michael's daughter) is true; she swallows words and speaks “valley girl.'' What a difference Winona Ryder would have made. [24 Dec 1990, Life, p.1D]

  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    One of the most obvious problems with The Godfather Part III is that it covers little new territory. The plot is highly derivative of the original.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's strange how the earlier movies fill in the gaps left by this one, and answer the questions. It is, I suspect, not even possible to understand this film without knowing the first two, and yet, knowing them, Part III works better than it should.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

The third and final Godfather saga; not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like the previous Godfather movies, The Godfather: Part III has isolated, yet intensely violent scenes spread throughout the movie. The majority of the film is discussion of strategy involving illegal activity and family drama. There is also a sexual relationship between cousins.

  • Families can talk about Michael Corleone's decision to leave his life of organized crime that resultantly held many negative consequences for himself and his family. This plot point can be used to discuss real life criminals, not only gangsters, who try to go clean. Questions families can ask include: What are some of the problems people face who are trying to quit criminal behavior? What kinds of support do people need in order to resist committing crimes?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The film is about mobsters, but does not exactly glorify them. The main character tries to go clean and can't. This film shows the consequences of the mob life he is forced to live.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Man bites guy's ear, machine gun attack on a room full of people, numerous murders and assassinations, shootings, stabbings.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Implied sex, brief female nudity

  • language false2

    Language: F word used infrequently

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Casual drinking and smoking.