Luke Starkey’s review published on Letterboxd:
Naturally, by its own right The Godfather Part II is well-deserving of its place amongst cinemas all-time greatest.
As a sequel, it's even more impressive in that Coppola was able to recapture the exact aesthetic of its predecessor, visually and tonally, without succumbing to the pressures of trying to go bigger, and better. Sure certain characters have evolved, but accordingly so.
Although narratively this instalment lacks the depth of the first film, there's far more substance. The pacing’s faster and the additive of Vito’s origin story playing out against Michaels trials and tribulations in running the family business was a nice touch, pushed even more so by the textbook casting of De Nero.
At 3+ hours I was enthralled from beginning to end.