Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: David Poland
    100
    About as much pure fun as you'll have in a movie theater this summer.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    A ton of fun, and then some.
  3. Lands on an imaginative fault line somewhere between tackiness and awe.
  4. 63
    This is camp, pure and simple, and unless the translators have taken far greater liberties than is apparent, the filmmakers know it.
  5. 63
    Heck, it's great to have the big guy back.
  6. An enjoyable throwback to the way monster movies used to be made.
  7. 58
    Amusing, funny (intentionally and unintentionally -- it's dubbed, so many lines come out ludicrous) and, by the ending, exciting.
  8. A strange mix of the campy, at least in the English dubbing, and the awesome.
  9. 50
    May be dull, but the familiarity of it all makes it feel ceremonial, a reassuring ritual.
  10. Reviewed by: Ron Dicker
    50
    Gives aficionados what they want and is surprisingly kid-friendly.
  11. 50
    Fans won't want to miss this addition to the canon.
  12. Its one saving grace is Godzilla himself, the James Bond of giant monsters.
  13. Reviewed by: Chuck Stephens
    50
    Dumb, fun, out of this world.
  14. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    50
    Offers some interesting twists for connoisseurs.
  15. 50
    For all the high-tech allusions and middle-tech illusions, the movie--the 23rd in an immortal series--draws its power from its grittiness and unresolved allegory.
  16. It's all pretty goofy, which I assume is the point, but it's also pretty dull.
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    40
    Has its dull spots, and is unintentionally laugh-out-loud funny at times -- but isn't that what we expect?
  18. Another traditional Japanese production, weakly plotted, woodenly acted and indifferently dubbed.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    40
    A classically low-tech monster mash.
  20. For devout fans of the greenish monster and for those looking to shoot fish in a barrel.
  21. 5
    Brand-new and uproariously unimproved.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Aug 28, 2010
    8
    a film for the fans of the original godzilla films . this fixes the damage abit that was caused by hollywoods remake in 1998. if you have never wached a godzilla film or ever saw a godzilla film you probubly should pass. Full Review »
  2. Aug 10, 2014
    7
    Godzilla 2000:7 out of 10: Promoted with a kick ass trailer (which was infinitely better than the film itself) Godzilla 2000 roared into theaters a few years back on a mission to erase the memory of "that American Godzilla". For many of us it would be the first time seeing a Japanese Godzilla on the big screen. (I may have seen Godzilla 1985 in the theater but my memory is a bit fuzzy). Turns out while there is something charming about watching a Godzilla film in your pj's every Saturday morning during Million Dollar Movie on channel 9 a lot of that love disappears when you plopped down seven-fifty. (It also helps needless to say when I watched Godzilla movies every Saturday morning it was 1978 and I was ten.)

    The movie starts out strong enough with a couple of brilliant scenes that ape both Twister and Jurassic Park. You got to love them Godzilla tornado chasers and when the big guy himself blocks a tunnel and breathes on the windshield it is the pinnacle of Godzilla film-making.

    It of course is all downhill from there. For one thing Godzilla himself pretty much disappears from the movie. He is replaced by a pet rock. Yes a completely inanimate object. Needless to say the fidget factor is high. Add in subplots you couldn't care less about and characters more irritating than anything else and you would be excused for reaching for the fast forward button. (Much easier at home than in the theater)

    Godzilla reappears and the rock, which has planted itself on top of a building and is apparently downloading all the contents of Tokyo's computers, shows its true colors as an alien that resembles of all things "that American Godzilla". Godzilla certainly doesn't stand by and lets some illegal alien destroy Tokyo. No way some wetback union busting scab is going to muscle in on big greens action. Destroying Tokyo is Godzilla's personal gig.

    The effects are actually pretty good (with the exception of the underwater scenes) and the dubbing is particularly bad (even for a Godzilla film. It is also strangely profanity laden especially considering Godzilla himself doesn't kill anyone on screen.) The last scene however is a true "What the F**k" moment with one of the silliest lines ever uttered on film. It made me feel ten years old all over again.
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  3. Riren
    Mar 5, 2007
    8
    Don't bother to see this movie if you don't like Godzilla-type movies. Also, don't bother to see this movie on anything than a big screen television. This is all about scale and nostalgia. In terms of giant monster movies starring rubber suited monsters, with a human cast that's mostly there to explain the beasts are going to tangle, this is a real treat, especially in a theatre. It's big, old goofy grin of a guilty pleasure movie, and once the fights kick in, you know which side you're on. The American importers redid the soundtrack to include the classic Godzilla tunes, which significantly helps its fan-value. Full Review »