Paramount Pictures | Release Date: March 11, 1972 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Universal acclaim based on 15 Critics
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One of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment. [16 Mar 1972]
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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]
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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]