The Godfather: Part II

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  • Summary: The sequel to "The Godfather" continues the saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone family. Coppola tells two stories in Part II: the roots and rise of a young Don Vito, played with uncanny ability by Robert De Niro, and the ascension of Michael (Al Pacino) as the newThe sequel to "The Godfather" continues the saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone family. Coppola tells two stories in Part II: the roots and rise of a young Don Vito, played with uncanny ability by Robert De Niro, and the ascension of Michael (Al Pacino) as the new Don. [Paramount Pictures] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Feb 18, 2014
    100
    The plotting is elliptical and the sweep intoxicates, but the contrast between De Niro’s meditative Vito and Pacino’s soul-starved eyes brings piercing focus to Coppola’s resonating study of corrupting power.
  2. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    100
    And with supporting roles from the likes of Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall and Lee Strasberg, to say nothing of Roger Corman and Harry Dean Stanton in bit parts, this is nothing short of magisterial.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Feb 18, 2014
    100
    This is quite simply one of the saddest movies ever made, a tale of loss, grief and absolute loneliness, an unflinching stare into the darkest moral abyss.
  4. 90
    Al Pacino again is outstanding as Michael Corleone, successor to crime family leadership.
  5. Reviewed by: John H. Dorr
    Dec 18, 2014
    90
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 14, 2011
    75
    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.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 91
  2. Negative: 4 out of 91
  1. Dec 28, 2011
    10
    O.K., my first response to this is that it is immensely underrated. As The Godfather's Metascore was a perfect 100, The Godfather Part IIO.K., my first response to this is that it is immensely underrated. As The Godfather's Metascore was a perfect 100, The Godfather Part II deserved at least an 85. It's the Godfather Part III that's the bad one, not II! The acting was about 2/3 as good as the original. Al Pacino took the leading role and made it shine, though not nearly like Marlon Brando did. The supporting cast was very good, although it was Robert DeNiro who swept the movie, winning him his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Expand
  2. Feb 1, 2014
    10
    Arguably better than its predecessor, Part II brilliantly juxtaposes the rise of the father with the fall of the son and is one of the finestArguably better than its predecessor, Part II brilliantly juxtaposes the rise of the father with the fall of the son and is one of the finest showcases of cinema's great character studies, not to mention Carmine Coppola's haunting score. Expand
  3. AmK
    Oct 18, 2006
    10
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  4. Aug 23, 2015
    10
    A masterpiece. One of the best trails I've seen and I guess I'm gonna see in the rest of my life. The great process of directing and actingA masterpiece. One of the best trails I've seen and I guess I'm gonna see in the rest of my life. The great process of directing and acting will lead to such a great movie. Expand
  5. ErikH.
    May 3, 2007
    9
    How does a movie not garner "Universal Acclaim" when half the reviews are perfect? This isn't as outstanding as the film that precedes How does a movie not garner "Universal Acclaim" when half the reviews are perfect? This isn't as outstanding as the film that precedes it (but what could be?), but it is still an outstanding film and near-essential viewing for anyone interested in great direction and acting. Expand
  6. Aug 18, 2015
    9
    The family rises... Wow! I never thought this would happen. The sequel of the BEST movie of all time would become one of the best acclaimedThe family rises... Wow! I never thought this would happen. The sequel of the BEST movie of all time would become one of the best acclaimed movies of all time. What Al Pacino did in the role of 'Michael' was unbelievable, but what Robert De Niro did with the role of 'Vito Corleone' stands up to Marlon Brando alone. That performance was... no further comment. The way Francis Ford Coppola put the two Don's stories together was pure genius alone. The only reason this movie will not get a perfect score is because it's predecessor: 'The Godfather: Part I' was better and still today is the best movie of all time. Hats of and applause... 9/10. Excellent Movie! Expand
  7. JoyceC
    Oct 8, 2007
    0
    Confudling, a dull masterpiece with nothing.

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