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The Godfather: Part II

1974
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
3h 22m
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 new Don. (Paramount)
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The Godfather: Part II

1974
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
3h 22m
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Rated 09 Feb 2007
6
98th
"It's not easy being a son." The Godfather Part II casts the entire story as the struggle of Michael to live up to his own idealized image of his father; the scenes of young Vito's rise to power in Little Italy are suffused with such an amber-gold haze of nostalgia that they can only be read as Michael's fantasies. By the time of the surprise party flashback, Vito's absence looms larger than Michael himself, who, having won all his battles, has lost everything that matters.
Rated 11 Feb 2007
99
99th
Godfather Part 2 is a golden part of movie history and Godfather trilogy!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
97th
The epic standard set by The Godfather was raised just a little bit by this film. Usually a sequel is never as good as the original but this is a welcome exception. The Godfather: Part II surpasses The Godfather in every way. It's nothing short of amazing cinema.
Rated 24 Oct 2008
5
93rd
At least as great as the first, arguably better. Coppola does a wonderful job balancing two storylines to juxtapose the rise of Vito Corleone with that of Michael, creating the most memorable film chronology ever. This is probably Al Pacino's best performance, and Robert De Niro is great as the young Vito. The entire film is highly romanticized in the same way as the first, and I especially loved the vivid depiction of Italian immigrant culture in old New York.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
Probably one of the greatest movies ever made. And I think everyone who's seen it will agree.
Rated 21 Apr 2007
10
97th
(after repeat viewings) A sequel where the story comes full circle and whose emotional resonance evoked a slightly bigger response, because you witness how Don Vito has come to earn the respect and honor bestowed upon him in its memorable predecessor. Epic in every sense of the word.
Rated 18 Dec 2009
99
98th
A masterpiece, even better than Godfather I. DeNiro and Lee Strasberg are both very fine. i love the scene where the mobsters carve up a big cake shaped like Cuba! And then we watch them carve up Cuba itself, becoming aware that the mobsters are--in additIon of course to being mobsters--a revealing metaphor for American political power.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
92nd
Still operatic, but with a somewhat broader historical context. Its virtues are well known, but its two big problems, that the female characters are practically nonexistent, and that being a gangster seems totally joyless, prevent it from reaching the heights that are often claimed for it. Re-watching in 2021 after perhaps thirty years: it no longer seems really to be any better than the first one. Both are very good films, but neither of them are truly great. In the end, they're guy movies.
Rated 11 Dec 2008
95
99th
follow-up may be better than the original and it is a perfect example. grande!!
Rated 02 Sep 2008
99
98th
Probably the best crime movie, ever (sorry, Goodfellas); its story focuses not on the violence but on the moral disintegration of Pacino as he secures his mob legacy at the expense of every friend, family member, and business associate. Mirroring Scarface in theme, Godfather II shows the darkest side of the American dream, where having it all means having nothing sacrificing one's humanity and soul. Arresting and profound.
Rated 18 Mar 2007
99
99th
The Godfather, Part II is the companion piece to the greatest movie ever made. Is there really anything else that needs to be said?
Rated 22 Feb 2013
95
98th
There was one point where I thought I noticed a slightly subpar mat painting background. This movies is fucking overrated shit. Seriously, what shoddy workmanship went into this.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
98th
Some people say Part II is better than the first but I say it just misses. Nonetheless it's engrossing, perhaps a little more intense, but, alas, no Brando means no cigar, in my eyes. Keaton IS better though, and Lee Strasberg is awesome. Watch for Dominic Chianese, AKA Junior Soprano.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
100
99th
As good as the original. The division between history past and present is perfect, without complications or confusion on the part of the spectator. Al Pacino, once again, showed all his talent as Michael Corleone.
Rated 06 Apr 2012
100
99th
Very rarely do we as movie-goers get to see a sequel that holds a candle to it's predecessor. In "The Godfather Part II", however, we are treated to a tale more captivating, more shocking, and possibly more enjoyable than the original "Godfather". Part II not only continues the story of Michael Corleone, but provides a gripping origin story showing his legendary father, Vito Corleone (played by Robert DeNiro in his best performance ever!) and his rise to criminal power.
Rated 25 Jan 2007
10
98th
I prefer Part 1 but I love this one too. I really love the De Niro stuff in this one and I wish there was more of it. Easily the best sequel ever.
Rated 17 Apr 2009
9
91st
This is better than the original. There I said it.
Rated 15 Dec 2008
100
90th
An equally good film as the first, and certainly a worthy sequel, which says a lot considering how fantastic the first was. Pacino is great, and De Niro is stellar, doing great justice to Brando's character. Safe to say this is the best sequel ever made. The end is absolutely fantastic.
Rated 24 Jan 2012
99
98th
The tiniest bit behind its predecessor in my opinion. DeNiro is all kinds of special in this movie plus the origin of the dead hooker backdrop of every major film since. (On further thought I guess every movie doesn't have a dead hooker in it)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
85th
Many people will tell you that Part 2 is better than Part 1, but I disagree. This one is too long and gets a bit boring occasionally. On the other hand the dual storyline format works very well, and De Niro in particular gives a performance for the record books. I'm not saying it's not a great movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
99th
A fantastic sequel worthy of the first. The scope widens, familiar characters (Michael, Vito) receive even deeper treatment, and the film's two-fold structure is really ambitious and allows for wonderfully vivid juxtapositions that highlight the tragedy of the Corleone saga. I still think the first holds up slightly better because of its engaging story and tightness, but this is also excellent.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
98th
A wonderful piece of cinema, and a refreshing instance of a sequel living up to the promise of the preceding film. If I was nitpicking, I'd say that the latter-period storyline occasionally seems a tad convoluted. However, there is so much quality on show here that any perceived flaws soon disappear. The highpoint for me was De Niro's quietly effective performance as the ascendant Vito, but all the cast really get into their characters. Highly recommended.
Rated 14 Jun 2009
8
93rd
A superb sequel that enriches, expands upon, and nearly equals the legendary original, with a chilling ending sequence. Arguably Al Pacino's all-time high as an actor. I slightly prefer Part I due to Marlon Brando and some iconic scenes, but the sequel is good enough that it's basically required viewing if you watch the first, which considering that film's status is saying something.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
100
99th
How Coppola was able to follow up arguably the greatest movie ever made with a sequel that is on par with its predecessor solidifies him as on of the greatest directors ever. Pacino returns to form as in the first film and DeNiro gives an Oscar-winning as Vito Corleone. I slightly prefer this film to its predecessor because of the two-fold story structure.
Rated 19 Sep 2007
6
99th
See my review for The Godfather, even though they are two distinct films and I prefer Part II over the original.
Rated 11 Oct 2007
100
99th
Everything about this movie was just perfect. The two storylines compliment each other perfectly, and the way the movie comes full circle by the end is amazing. Better than part 1, which is probably about as big a compliment as I can think of to give it.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
78
50th
Never understood the "much better than the original" hype. Well made, of course, but I found it overlong and somewhat dull.
Rated 20 Mar 2008
100
98th
Makes the Godfather look like dogshit. Solid gold dogshit you buy a rocket house with.
Rated 07 Sep 2011
40
35th
Kumpels be damned, this film was overlong, too obsessed with referencing itself, and the structure was all around much more "loose" than part I. Inferior in almost every single regard. Did the film really need to have the duel storyline, flashbacks, AND an "FBI inditement" plot all crammed in? Seems greedy.
Rated 25 Nov 2008
100
89th
awesome
Rated 20 Jul 2008
100
98th
The best of the crime genre and the best sequel ever created for a film.
Rated 28 Mar 2009
99
96th
Even better then the first one... that's saying a lot.
Rated 01 Nov 2011
95
98th
Some of the best 200 minutes of my life.
Rated 05 Jul 2010
99
97th
One of the rare films that outshines its original, which says a lot when you take in to consideration that "The Godfather" is one of the finest American films ever made. Truly a masterpiece of cinema from start to finish.
Rated 08 Aug 2014
100
97th
"Yeah, in the family there was a lot of buffers..." - Willie Cicci
Rated 15 Jan 2010
97
98th
The first part was good because everybody enjoyed having a glimpse of the mafia from the inside. In this part it is mainly about Michael's life long struggle. I like everything about this movie, the story, score always foretelling death, screenplay with witty one-liners, cinematography giving an effect of depression, performances by Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino.
Rated 21 Feb 2010
93
99th
When I was younger, I always felt that the first film was the best one. When I was younger, I was a moron.
Rated 04 Nov 2019
90
92nd
I am just some dipshit on the internet telling you this film is great. Can you imagine some guy on the fence about THE GODFATHER and seeing my review and thinking, "oh yeah, maybe I will"?
Rated 24 Feb 2007
85
98th
Quality.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
93
95th
I prefer Part I, but just as good.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
97
98th
Not too much I can say here, it is an extremely worthy sequel to the original.
Rated 14 Mar 2007
9
90th
The transitions between the dual storylines are blended in seamlessly.
Rated 30 Apr 2020
63
39th
The Godfather: Part II is a chore to watch. A prequel and sequel stitched together without any thematic flair or purpose, save to tell a rise story and a fall story. Compared to the 1st film there is more spectacle, more action and yet somehow more tedium. It all adds up to repetition of Italian history (in the vein of the Medici's) highlighting how little I care about Coppola's characters. There are good moments but they get lost in the 200 minute slog.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
91
95th
A fascinating sequel featuring a pitch-perfect performance from Robert DeNiro as young Vito Corleone, previously played by the great Marlon Brando. 'Best sequel of all time' as the rest of film experts would exclaim? I don't know.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
90
86th
Michael grows up to kick even more ass. All that violence has its repercussions though, and not what you might think. A plenty worthy continuation of the story
Rated 27 Dec 2020
63
27th
Honestly, I'm not really sure what people love so much about these movies, and in fact, I don't understand why this one is viewed as better than the first. It seemed more of a distracted plot, and you didn't have some of the other actors from the first movie, especially Brando, to at least make a less than interesting story more interesting to watch. I don't know, I just didn't care for it that much.
Rated 17 Apr 2007
99
98th
# 18
Rated 11 Sep 2022
90
90th
A split timeline enables it to put as much into the first as it pulls out, elaborating its characters in both directions at the expense of occasional redundancy. Style exceeds substance, but it has both. I just enjoy the Corleones brooding in a black room with no lights like a syndicate of chain-smoking vampires. One minor note, they nailed all the young version casting, like they didn't *need* to get a ringer for Abe Vigoda for one scene but it's just a little more immersive that they did.
Rated 22 May 2007
92
94th
Part one is better, but definitely one of the greatest sequels of all time. Truly shows the debasing nature of avarice and one hell of a performance by Pacino.
Rated 10 Jan 2009
80
87th
best part
Rated 22 Sep 2010
97
99th
Rarely is a sequel so good, but this one is.
Rated 14 Feb 2010
79
70th
amazingly over-rated, could have been trimmed down by about an hour. i dug the parts with de niro, but pacino just didn't do it for me, and sadly you can never get enough duvall. if this were more intense and dense i would have really enjoyed it, but a sparse movie only really works if it's amazingly beautiful.
Rated 12 Jul 2009
93
94th
A masterful film that takes the original's themes of family, religion, and community and brings them into more direct contact with politics and societal elements that threaten the Corleones very existence. Could it be that making the family business legitimate is even more dangerous for the Corleones than remaining illegitimate? Coppola rightly allows his pictures to do most of the talking, beautifully blends two distinct stories, and subtly prepares us for the affecting tragedies of Fredo/Kay.
Rated 08 Jul 2007
92
98th
While it can't approach the perfection of the Godfather, this is still a great film. DeNiro makes a very believable young Vito, and it's fascinating to watch Michael further descend into the darkness that surrounded him at the end of the first film.
Rated 24 Jul 2011
60
34th
It's operatic; Coppola, coming from a rich middle-class family of artists, directs this a high-brow piece, whereas in reality there is nothing operatic about cold-blooded killers, cons, and illegal business men; no charm.
Rated 11 Jul 2007
90
89th
Great Sequel.
Rated 14 Apr 2018
95
98th
One of the rare sequels that is just as an amazing as the first film. The cast are all great here and the film does a good job at switching between the past and the present. I would highly recommend this film.
Rated 29 Feb 2012
98
98th
Another great movie just as good as the 1st one.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
98th
Brilliant parallel story structure and riveting performances from Pacino and DeNiro. I absolutely loved seeing young Vito in Sicily and how he climbed the ranks of the New York underworld. Long but never boring.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
99
99th
One of the greatest movies of all time. The Godfather series was awesome and this one had some great acting by Pachino and DeNiro
Rated 30 Apr 2009
95
92nd
Why did they make a third? Had they stopped, this quite possibly would have been the best one-two punch of all time!
Rated 17 May 2011
98
96th
Drawing on strong performances by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola's continuation of Mario Puzo's Mafia saga set new standards for sequels that have yet to be matched or broken.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
93rd
The best of the 3 Godfather movies!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
Undoubtedly, the best sequel ever made.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
89
95th
I marginally prefer Part 1, but mainly because of Brando. A masterclass in filmmaking.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
78th
First part was better but third was much worse. Pacino acts like a God.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
98th
This is not only one of the finest films of the 70s it is undoubtedly one of the greatest films EVER. Al Pacino does career best work here & he's aided by the brilliant performances of John Cazale, Diane Keaton & Lee Strasberg. Superlative direction by FF Coppola. Truly an American masterpiece.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
98th
The presence of Robert de Niro as young Vito is awesome. Probably the best movie continuation.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
98th
This is part two of the ultimate Crime movie. You can define a generation by the movies of the time. This movie and the Godfather help to define the early seveties. Coppola is a genius.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
82nd
Strong stuff that gets docked a few points in my book because of how the single courtroom storyline hijacks the majority of the picture.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
99
98th
One of the three best movie sequels ever, some would argue even better than the original. Certainly the parallels drawn between the rise to power of Vito Corleone and the further moral descent of his son Michael make this a powerful film. DeNiro and Pacino are both chilling; the supporting cast is amazing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
96th
Great. John Cazale's performance was heartbreaking.
Rated 25 Feb 2011
80
90th
Thrives on pacino's very discomforting presence and the signature epic style, but it's, for better or worse, just more of the same with a lackluster origins story stuffed inbetween. De niro is always a treat, but doesn't manage to even out some underdeveloped ideas, like his sudden and effortless rise to power. It's a great movie altogether, but i missed an intriguing new plot element or something to give this necessity.
Rated 19 Nov 2009
45
36th
Like the Godfather. Only more boring.
Rated 12 Sep 2007
98
99th
One of the best movies ever made. I've seen it many, many times. One of the few movies that you wish was even longer. You just can't get enough of the intrigue and suspense.
Rated 15 Jun 2010
97
91st
Nowhere near Part One. Every moment that Robert De Niro is on screen is a joy. The juxtaposition of the two stories reveals the tragedy, but also works against the film's cohesion. Vito's story is tight, engaging, and well-written. Michael's is ambulatory and exploratory and at times plain boring. Overall, though, the film is fantastic - if unnecessarily long.
Rated 02 Dec 2013
10
98th
The Godfather: Part II is arguably the finest sequel of all time and once again Francis Ford Coppola masterfully crafts a faultless piece of filmmaking. Al Pacino gives his best performance of the trilogy and Robert Duvall & John Cazale are as equally impressive. But the casting of Robert De Niro was a stroke of genius. The overall direction, performances, screenplay & score are all once again of the highest calibre. And the two time frames and stories being told here are balanced to perfection.
Rated 22 Jan 2008
85
97th
Better than the first part by a hair, by virtue of the scenes in Sicily and Cuba, and the ending. I also appreciated Hyman Roth's character, considering who he's based on. No one should miss this, obviously.
Rated 16 Apr 2009
95
98th
Most sequels fall short of their predecessors. This one does not. DeNiro is flawless as the young Vito Corleone and Machiavellian Michael is simultaneously despicable and admirable. The Godfather: Part II"is a key example in demonstrating that if Francis Ford Coppola had died after filming Apocalypse Now, he'd go down as the greatest director to have ever lived.
Rated 09 May 2010
99
99th
The film that made me fall in love with De Niro, and perhaps the best sequel ever made.
Rated 23 Jan 2012
90
97th
This might be more ambitious than 'The Godfather', but I definitely love 'The Godfather' much more. Still, this is absolutely excellent. Cazale is brilliant as Fredo and Pacino is, of course, firing on all cylinders. Their relationship is the cold heart of Coppola's sweeping tragedy.
Rated 22 Dec 2016
76
72nd
I'm a moron. I don't say this ironically. I just don't get the love for this film. There are two very good films spliced together here, the 'true' sequel and the prequel. In today's day and age, the latter would have been released as the fourth film of the series to monitize the cravings of the fanbase. For me this prequel was completely unnecessary to the film I was watching. So much of this film is excellent, but for me it's not a classic like everyone says, but then I'm clearly a moron.
Rated 13 Mar 2008
94
97th
Watching Michael's inevitable decline into crime and murder in the 1950s is heartbreaking, and simultaneously watching the origins of it all in the 1920s is deliciously poetic. Pacino and Deniro give arguably their best performances here. Like the first Godfather, this one is full of all the traits that make a movie a classic, and it somehow turned out nearly as good of a film. My only criticism is the complicated and somewhat convoluted plot for the 1950s portion. But it's a small complaint
Rated 09 Apr 2009
100
93rd
Complex gangster movie, explaining the present in terms of the past and providing a comprehensive view of American society, full of good scenes and performances.
Rated 11 Mar 2013
49
6th
Big, overlong, lacklustre mess. Doesn't justify the runtime. The 'rough' transitions annoyed me and so did the lack of clarity, a bit confusing at times. Acting and atmosphere are good and on par with that of part 1 but the plot is many times weaker, which makes it even more of a bore to watch. The main character, Michael Corleone is so unlikable that there hardly is any reason for me to watch this film. The film fails to be interesting to me except for less than a handful of scenes.
Rated 02 Jan 2012
65
40th
The problem with trying to follow up a "cult classic" is that there is a tendancy to just do more of the same ... so this is slower and more self indulgent than the first, and in my opinion, is just tedious. Sure, there are great performances, but the story line is all over the place, very predictable, and the ridiculous hour spent listening to Italian and trying to work out what the hell was going on by "knowing winks and nods" was just mind numbingly stupid. Other than that it was great.
Rated 27 Jul 2010
83
74th
The most wonderfully filmed business conference meeting.
Rated 04 Oct 2009
100
99th
Perfection squared. Any ounce more awesome than this and my head would explode!
Rated 08 Jun 2009
92
99th
Absolutely fantastic! De Niro, Pacino, Brando, Caan, Duvall, Casale, Coppola etc. too bad Duvall was to greedy for nr3, maybe it could have been saved
Rated 13 Jun 2008
98
99th
Very Great
Rated 16 Jan 2009
97
94th
Part I was better, slightly
Rated 10 Jul 2008
100
99th
The first Godfather was made of pure awesome and to me the second part isn't any lesser, either. Although Marlon Brando's memorable character is missing, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino make this movie work with their charismatic performances.
Rated 27 Apr 2011
90
95th
Better than the first. Less pop-culture-cool, but far more layered and enjoyable on subsequent viewings.
Rated 06 Aug 2008
100
99th
#799 - 06 Agustos 08, 03:50 & better than first one...
Rated 15 Aug 2008
100
99th
The greatest sequel of all-time. It's quieter than Pt 1. at times, more driven by script and dialogue, but it's also more relevant historically with a political and socioeconomic focus on the dual time periods covered. DeNiro and Pacino are both sensational and the tense, powerful moments are just as iconic as in the original. Honestly, I don't even view them as separate films because I never watch one without the other.
Rated 08 Sep 2008
65
78th
as good as some of the performances are, and they are, believe me! too long and over complicated.
Rated 15 Jan 2009
95
98th
one of the better examples of a sequel being even better than the original.. a gangster classic, must be seen by all.
Rated 03 Sep 2009
90
93rd
Very worthy sequel. Both strands are equally interesting, but Pacino completely dominates the screen whenever he's around.
Rated 28 Jul 2009
98
98th
Not quite as good as the original, but still inches away from being an absolute masterpiece. It's nearly impossible to top Al Pacino in this film. He does more acting using his eyes alone in this film, than some actors have done in their entire careers.
Rated 25 Mar 2009
95
93rd
almost as good as the original, and that's saying alot! highly recommended.

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