Scott White’s review published on Letterboxd:
For me, Part 2 lacks the heart that makes Part 1 a classic.
I think part of what makes Part 1 was the constant fighting, the chaos and the drive from Coppola to prove the studio wrong. Coming back to make the sequel to the acclaimed Part 1, maybe everything was a little too easy.
Part 2 suffers from having too many plot threads, all of which resolve themselves in the same manner as Part 1, but without the build up. The main thread, for me, would be the relationship between Michael and his family, and the wider Family, but instead it wanders about, never really committing to one thing.
The flashbacks with young Vito are great, and I’d honestly watch that film instead of this one.