"Like Citizen Kane, for me the Godfather is essentially a B-movie. Enjoyable, entertaining and well-made but a piece of work which adds nothing to our understanding of the human condition. The characters are essentially cartoonish and the writing is too often cliched. Although some of the scenes and the score are iconic they cannot make up for the portentous tone that runs throughout. Lift to the Scaffold. Now there is a great crime film."