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  • Director: Gareth Edwards
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Fantasy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 123 min
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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
    This is a movie of tremendous visual daring, magnificent special-effects work and surprising moral gravity.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    May 11, 2014
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Skip Godzilla the movie. Watch the trailer.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    May 11, 2014
    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: 68 out of 372
  1. May 16, 2014
    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 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)
  2. Jul 13, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. First of all, this is a major justice to all Godzilla fans after that unmentional disaster just over a decade ago. I always love going into a movie not knowing what is going to happen next or in the case of this movie, not knowing about anything besides Bryan Cranston's amazingness and Godzilla being in the movie with maybe another monster, or two. Three is better than 2. Godzilla's opponents, the M.U.T.O's are awesome in their own ways. They're a great challenge for old Goji, who is looking rather tubby in 2014, but probably twice as big as the last time we saw him, back in Final Wars in 2003/2004. He actually looks like Godzilla instead of the iguana thing from the 1998 movie. The rest of the characters didn't really bother me as much as they bothered others, I never really saw a problem, the humans in Godzilla movies are never really fleshed out like they would be in other movies. I'm just used to it by now. But people need to expand their minds because there's military men just like Ford in the movie, they're trained for extreme situations. Anyways, the movie looks amazing, some of the best CGI around was used in this movie, the fights look very realistic and not as flashy as they were in Pacific Rim. The movie also has an amazing soundtrack for the monster fights and tense scenes. Its also a very loud movie, but loud in a good way, it literally sounds like Godzilla is in the theater with you and is roaring, and the first roar he lets out at the airport scene shakes the theater and goes right through you. It really tests the strength of the eardrums. Phenomenal experience, and the best movie of 2014 so far. Expand
  3. Jun 12, 2014
    It is very rare that a monster movie is this well put together, the director has an exceptional eye for detail, down to every last scene. Though there are not many scenes with Godzilla actually in them, the ones that do contain the giant monster are fantastic. Overall this is a great film with great action, suspense, drama, back story and a bit of romance. Expand
  4. Sep 19, 2014
    amazing CGI helps balances a iffy script.

    my ratting 7/10 8/10 action/special effects 6.8/10 for story 7/10 for acting 6.8/10 for
    Characters/Character Development Expand
  5. Jul 27, 2014
    Godzilla is really good fun whenever Godzilla is on screen. When he's not, however, and Aaron Taylor Johnson is taking the lead, the film becomes significantly more boring. But at least they knocked the CGI monsters out of the park. Those things rock! Expand
  6. Jun 8, 2014
    This movie... really lacks something...

    I am not complaining about the lack of Godzilla in the movie or anything like that... but general
    choices that makes me scratch my head and ask "why?". Why do we need an American family living in Japan? Did the movie makers though that we wouldn't sympathize with the characters unless they where generic American stereotypes? Why a forced death scene? Oh yeah... because we need to have one of our characters being obsessed about his wife's death trying to find this monster, of course... Why treat the movie like it's "Transformers"? and like that I have many more "why's"...

    Is not a BAD movie ok?... I know the directer is very good at working on special effects and it shows, the monster design is great and... yeah... I think I get why some people were calling this Godzilla "fat".

    The original Godzilla movie was not just a monster movie, it was a tragedy and it shows in the way that movie portraits the situation and that is what I expected from this one... maybe I expected too much from it...
  7. Aug 30, 2014
    This is not about not seeing Godzilla enough. This is simply because the acting was horrible. + They killed their only brilliant actor at the first 30-45 min of the movie.

    I rarely regret seeing a movie in the theater. But this one is on top of my **** list

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