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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 16, 2014
    90
    This is a movie of tremendous visual daring, magnificent special-effects work and surprising moral gravity.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    May 11, 2014
    83
    This could easily be ground zero for a whole new series of films, but if it remains a stand-alone single movie, Edwards told an entire story, and for the first time in as long as I can remember, it feels like Godzilla actually matters.
  3. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    May 15, 2014
    75
    Here, finally, is a giant monster movie made in the anything-goes CGI era still capable of making your jaw drop.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 15, 2014
    63
    Fortunately, the monsters are actually kind of a kick. And isn’t that why you go to see a movie like this anyway?
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    May 11, 2014
    60
    It’s always fun to watch scaly, skyscraper-size behemoths lay waste to civilization, but a bit more human drama wouldn’t have gone amiss.
  6. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    May 19, 2014
    50
    Skip Godzilla the movie. Watch the trailer.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    May 11, 2014
    30
    Edwards’ Godzilla dawdles toward its Doomsday climax; the movie could win a prize for Least Stuff Happening in the First Two-Thirds of an Action Film... It’s a concept lacking a magnetic story, a package without a product.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 446
  1. May 16, 2014
    10
    To all the people who complain there wasn't enough Godzilla in this movie: Have you ever seen the original Gojira (1954)? Or ever heard of aTo all the people who complain there wasn't enough Godzilla in this movie: Have you ever seen the original Gojira (1954)? Or ever heard of a thing called 'tension-building'? Surely not.

    This film was everything I hoped it would be and thensome! The characters were all great, there isn't a single bad performance - everyone treats this with respect and add an appropriately serious tone to the film. Ford Brody is my favourite as his strict code of honour and morals was put to the test by malevolent creatures, which created some brilliant dilemmas and great duo scenes with his father (played brilliantly by Bryan Cranston). Themes were perfectly adapted from the original Gojira, which makes this 10x more dark and gritty, but it doesn't come off as stale or half-assed.

    Godzilla himself is a majestic beast, and one I don't think audiences will forget about in the near future, as well as the MUTOs who are perfect adversaries for Godzilla. This isn't Pacific Rim, you actually care about these Monsters fighting and look forward to the outcome.

    In conclusion, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla is a magnificent monster movie full of heart and soul with wonderful direction and spectacular visual effects.

    Even better than the original, IMO! (10/10)
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  2. May 25, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. As an origin story, this was a great movie. I walked away from the theater with a huge smile on my face and an "I can't wait to see that again" feeling. It might be the first movie in over a decade that I will go back to see at the theater more than once. I loved it, and the fight between the MUTO and Godzilla was such an awesome payoff, the teasing throughout was frustrating but in a good way. It was nice to see a movie play with this kind of tease, not just blow your load halfway through you know? Like how many times would we want to see Godzilla fight the same guys in the same setting?

    You can't please them all, and most people who come on sites like IGN tend to be boring old bastards who just like to find things to **** about. People tend to forget that movies started as a form of entertainment, and to me, THAT is the only stick which I use to measure a movies greatness, and this movie was ABSOLUTELY entertaining.

    The people complaining about there being not enough Godzilla, as this is an origin movie, you can't expect him to just stomp his way through the first scene.

    I really like that they downplayed the human significance in this movie, and made it mostly about the Kaiju. The humans were no doubt the main driving force behind the plot, but at the same time they seemed like a background element in the movie. This fascinating mix was a nice change of pace. At the end of the day, it must be difficult to balance the human/Kaiju elements of the story, in a movie like this, but we have to ask ourselves, do we really WANT the human element to be more present than what it was? In a movie about giant monsters fighting each other?

    When the Military devised it's brainless plan of nuking all 3 Kaiju I nearly died of disappointment, to see a movie I was loving so much play with such a stupid idea...... then I got to watch the MUTO's take that idea, and rip it to piece's, in the exact way it deserved to be.

    My only disappointment, was that Bryan Cranston died way too quickly, I would have liked to see Cranston and Aaron Taylor swap places in the story. I agree with the writers that having both characters exist in the movies plot would have been very silly and too cliché.

    The best moment, was hands down, Godzilla breathing his radioactive breath down the MUTO's throat, so....freaking....boss.
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  3. May 16, 2014
    8
    Godzilla isn't quite a masterpiece, but it's definitely in the top tier of the monster genre. The movie pays closer attention to things likeGodzilla isn't quite a masterpiece, but it's definitely in the top tier of the monster genre. The movie pays closer attention to things like character and performance than most action films do, and you're not constantly pummeled by explosions like you would be in a Transformers movie. Now I'm not saying that the screenplay was perfect, because it was far from it, but it wasn't bad either. When the creatures do appear onscreen, they are shockingly realistic. Sometimes chills will even shoot down through your body. If there's any justice in this world, Godzilla will at the very least get a nomination for visual effects at the Oscars. The monsters and their fights are truly some of the most amazing sequences ever put to film. I was awestruck by some scenes. The atmosphere was decently serious, but I still wish that it would've delved deeper, pulled out some more nuanced emotions, and dealt more directly with the tragedy unfolding onscreen. Still though, this is the most visually impressive film since Gravity, and it trumps Pacific Rim in just about every conceivable way. I definitely recommend it. Expand
  4. Aug 9, 2014
    7
    Not as good as the expectations, but it’s still an massive and entertaining movie that’s worth paying for.

    This Godzilla reboot is both
    Not as good as the expectations, but it’s still an massive and entertaining movie that’s worth paying for.

    This Godzilla reboot is both massive and highly unique, and the directing is just something spectacular. Gareth Edwards is one director I’m not familiar with, but with this movie he truly kept me interested. The things that truly stands out with this movie is the epic soundtrack, the CGI and massive and unique scenes that I never have seen before. There are much awesome things with this movie, but it got some critical downsides. The aspects of the movie that I find most disturbing is that there could have been more scenes with Godzilla, it felt like the focus of the film is on other things. Another critical thing is that it could have had more action sequences, and that some choices that some characters did isn’t well thought through. Aaron Taylor-Johnson isn’t the best actor for the main role, I think they should focused more on Bryan Cranston, who is an flawless actor. The final critical thing with Godzilla is that one of the main characters died, and I think that ruined the movie, but also that the ending could have been more entertaining.

    My conclusion of Godzilla is that it’s an cool and massive movie that's well directed, but it got some critical things that lowers my rating.

    Godzilla get a 7/10
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  5. Jun 20, 2015
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Looking back at this movie, the characters actually all fall flat. Some are just there cuz plot, whereas the ones that serve importance just sort of stand around planning how to kill Godzilla and the other two monsters. Elizabeth Olsen is only there to make you care about whether or not Aaron Taylor-Johnson's character survives to the end, which is something that Bryan Cranston's character did not succeed in doing, even though he should've. In my opinion, he was the best character in the movie, as he predicted that the monsters would eventually overpower the humans, but, when they did, he ended up getting killed. What? Why? I wish his character would've lasted longer just to see what he could've done. In the final battle scene, Godzilla does all the work in killing the two monsters, whereas the other soldiers all get themselves killed, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson runs off and tries to fight the monsters himself, but realizes how stupid he is being and cowers in fear, waiting for help to arrive. The only reason he survived is because his father was already dead and he had a wife and young son, however, if he didn't have that, and his character was just a miserable loser, the movie could've gotten away with killing him off. The special effects in this movie were absolutely phenomenal, and whoever edited this film should've won Best Editing at the Oscars. So, the characters just fall flat completely, but the special effects and monster scenes make up for that loss with their sheer scale and awesomeness. Expand
  6. Jan 3, 2015
    5
    O filme empolga, empolga, empolga... mas não entrega. O filme é sobre Godzilla e não do Godzilla, O monstro é o personagem que menso apareceO filme empolga, empolga, empolga... mas não entrega. O filme é sobre Godzilla e não do Godzilla, O monstro é o personagem que menso aparece na trama. Entretanto, quando aparece, são cenas de lutas muito boas, com destaque para a última luta do monstro no filme que termina de forma ÉPICA. Entretanto, são poucas cenas com o monstro e a história é bem fraca. Fica aquele gostinho de que um filme '2' vem ai, e que esse sim PROMETE!!!! Recomendo ver esse filme para passar o tempo. Expand
  7. Mar 8, 2015
    0
    I think i would have enjoyed this film far more if i went for a full front lobotomy first but the huge plot holes, terrible acting and generalI think i would have enjoyed this film far more if i went for a full front lobotomy first but the huge plot holes, terrible acting and general lack of any kind of stuff that makes sense gave me the lobotomy anyway. Expand

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