100

Empire

By Angie Errigo
Another great, landmark American film of the '70s.
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100

TV Guide

One of Coppola's very best.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
As he is played by Gene Hackman in The Conversation, an expert wiretapper named Harry Caul is one of the most affecting and tragic characters in the movies.
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90

Variety

A major artistic asset to the film - besides script, direction and the top performances - is supervising editor Walter Murch's sound collage and re-recording.
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80

Chicago Reader

Gene Hackman excels in Francis Ford Coppola's tasteful, incisive 1974 study of the awakening of conscience in an "electronic surveillance technician."
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70

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Mr. Coppola, the writer as well as the director, has nearly succeeded in making a great film but has, instead, made one that is merely very good.
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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