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  • Summary: Godzilla does Manhattan in this variation on the Japanese A-bomb monster movie classic.
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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: Joe Leydon
    60
    Despite all the flash and filigree, this monster movie is curiously -- and conspicuously -- lacking in heart.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    Size really is about all that this tedious, underpopulated beanbag of an epic has going for it.
  4. 38
    A big, ugly, ungainly device to give teenagers the impression they are seeing a movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    30
    They do it up big, but their frame of reference -- mostly old sci-fi movies and TV shows -- is pint-sized.
  6. Reviewed by: Barbara Shulgasser
    25
    When a movie is nothing but relentless action, there's little chance for dramatic tension to develop.
  7. Watching inept American actors and wishing they were badly dubbed into Japanese isn't any fun at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 48
  2. Negative: 23 out of 48
  1. May 18, 2014
    10
    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
    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.
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  2. JaredC.
    Aug 16, 2007
    10
    The computer generation is top notch, while the story is flowing with its every character and visuals. It is crafted superbly and it turns out nice.
  3. May 31, 2013
    8
    I freaking loved this movie when I was kid. It came out in the year I was born. I've seen this movie a million times as a kid. Sure, theI freaking loved this movie when I was kid. It came out in the year I was born. I've seen this movie a million times as a kid. Sure, the effects were cheesy, but the monster was really cool. I felt really sorry for it at the end. Expand
  4. Aug 28, 2011
    4
    Roland Emmerich's movies are some of the worst of all popular movies to be marketed and watches by the masses of uncritically minded moronsRoland Emmerich's movies are some of the worst of all popular movies to be marketed and watches by the masses of uncritically minded morons who are easily entertained by visual effects and who are satisfied with mediocrity. If you were to cut the visual effects from this movie you would be left with shallow uninteresting characters, cliche dialogue, a formulaic story, gaping scientific and historical inaccuracies, and illogical plot development. I actually love special effects but I guess these things bother me more than most as I believe that movies have more potential then the 'popcorn' films Emmerich makes every few years, and it would be easier for me not worry about so much if they werent so popular. Just because a movie is trying to be a 'popcorn flick' and not trying to be intelligent does NOT make it a good one. Expand
  5. Jul 31, 2011
    3
    Argh! This movie makes me so mad! I grew up loving Godzilla when I was little, you know, the old Japanese cheesy, yet awesome, adventures ofArgh! This movie makes me so mad! I grew up loving Godzilla when I was little, you know, the old Japanese cheesy, yet awesome, adventures of fighting guys in rubber monster suits. the good ol' days. One of my favorite things in the series was how awesome Godzilla looked. A cross between a giant...ummm...and a big...umm...with the-uh-vague appearance of a giant dinosaur! I don't know, but the point is, he was awesome! Now, they finally make a movie in america with the greatest effects, good-named actors, all being filmed in New York City! Sounds pretty epic, until you actually see the movie. The first question I've ever had for this movie is why the heck is Godzilla a T-rex? Seriously? They are finally making a movie about possibly the greatest monster movie franchise of all time (next to King Kong, of coarse) with all the right tools and that's what they came up with? I know there are fans of this movie, and I don't hold a grudge against them in any way, that will debate that Godzilla is a giant iguana and not a T-rex. But really look at him. He looks like something out of Jurassic Park. I can see why some people like this movie, but frankly do not and that's all I've got to say about that. Expand
  6. Jun 1, 2015
    2
    this film has nothing redeeming the acting is bad the characters are poorly written and quite unlikable the design of Godzilla is awful hethis film has nothing redeeming the acting is bad the characters are poorly written and quite unlikable the design of Godzilla is awful he looks like a freaking dinosaur not to mention the countless scenes that try to rip off Jurassic park BTW the attempt at comedy in this movie is cringe worthy Expand
  7. KurtC.
    Jul 13, 2008
    0
    A stubid, lamebrain boring film. Godzilla looks more like a 100-foot reptilian rat for pete's sake. A disgrace to the original Japanese A stubid, lamebrain boring film. Godzilla looks more like a 100-foot reptilian rat for pete's sake. A disgrace to the original Japanese Godzilla. Expand

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