John DeCarli’s review published on Letterboxd:
I prefer the first film because its themes of a uniquely American corruption are so strong within and around the machinations of the plot. Godfather II loses a bit of that thematic resonance but has an even more involved plot and turns more inward. The flashbacks are some of the best scenes in the film, but is it really justified as existing in the same movie? The dissolves linking Michael and his father are powerful, but I don't think we feel Vito's presence or Michael's past in all the details of his involvement with Roth or Pentangeli.