Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 12 out of 23
  1. An expertly designed theme park ride of a movie that packs nonstop thrills.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Kamiya
    The plot is about as ridiculous as you'd expect, but for the most part its absurdities are tolerable.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Despite all the flash and filigree, this monster movie is curiously -- and conspicuously -- lacking in heart.
  4. There are some clever and exciting sequences, but this $120 million epic of reconstituted Atomic Age trash lumbers more than it thrills.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Dretzka
    It probably would have benefited from a 20- to 30-minute trim and, certainly, a smarter script, but the special effects truly are amazing.
  6. 50
    This Godzilla is lacking both the awesome spirit of the original and the sublime silliness of the more recent Toho outings.
  7. Godzilla is so clumsily structured it feels as if it's two different movies stuck together with an absurd stomping finale glued onto the end.
  8. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Size really is about all that this tedious, underpopulated beanbag of an epic has going for it.
  9. 50
    The movie is of minimum interest; the story of the movie, however -- or, rather, of the way in which it has been engulfed by its own publicity -- is bound to fascinate connoisseurs of cultural meltdown.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The year's most eagerly anticipated green-eyed monster finally rears its ugly head, not with his trademark radioactive roar, but a deafening yawn.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Collins
    Casting aside the forgettable ragbag of a cast, tiptoeing round the leaden script, and avoiding the story's many pot-holes (how come he only breathes fire twice?), Godzilla does provide plenty to look at. But that, for fear of sounding ungrateful, is all.
  12. 38
    A big, ugly, ungainly device to give teenagers the impression they are seeing a movie.
  13. 38
    The script isn't just "dumbed down," it's lobotomized.
  14. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    For the single-digit age set, Godzilla is sure to be the greatest movie of all time.
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    They do it up big, but their frame of reference -- mostly old sci-fi movies and TV shows -- is pint-sized.
  16. The dialogue is dumb ('zilla has the best lines, "arrrrrggh" and "maaroarrr"), New York is waterlogged, and Godzilla isn't on screen enough.
  17. An overblown action monstrosity with no surprises, no exhilaration and no thrills.
  18. Reviewed by: Barbara Shulgasser
    When a movie is nothing but relentless action, there's little chance for dramatic tension to develop.
  19. The makers of Godzilla obviously devoted so much manpower and time and energy and money to the admittedly fabulous special effects that they apparently had no budget left over for actors.
  20. 10
    While the special effects are impressive, countless films have already proven that if you sink enough money into a project, you can at least make it look good. Unfortunately, good looks are all Godzilla has going for it.
  21. 10
    Size vanquishes both substance and subtlety in the overhyped, half-cocked and humorless resurrection of dear old "Godzilla."
  22. 10
    Overlong, neither funny nor scary movie about a big lizard.
  23. Watching inept American actors and wishing they were badly dubbed into Japanese isn't any fun at all.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 125 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 45
  2. Negative: 21 out of 45
  1. Apr 14, 2013
    I was greatly disappointed since I was a huge fan of the many Japanese Godzilla aka Gojira films. This Godzilla just didn't feel right to me. In fact, just about everthing is wrong with it. It has a bad script, bad acting, mediocre special effects, and it's unbelievably cheesy. The biggest problem is that it doesn't even feel like a Godzilla film it just feels like a ripoff of Jurassic Park and King Kong. Full Review »
  2. May 18, 2014
    This movie is beautiful, maybe is not the original japan godzilla, but "original" is not always "better" and this is the case.
    if you are not
    a stupid fanboy of the original japan godzilla, then watch this. Full Review »
  3. May 10, 2014
    As Mathew Broderick's character would surely agree, something is rather fishy here. Godzilla is a perfect example of a cash grab. Godzilla is filled with horrible writing, illogical characters, and god awful special effects. And you cant claim that its just 90's cgi, look at Jurassic Park, that was far superior to this garbage. Unfortunately this movie doesn't qualify for the right of being called "so bad its good." Its just nothing but boring all the way through. If you want to have a laugh at a bad movie, don't waste your time and instead watch Troll 2. Full Review »