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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
    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: 73 out of 411
  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. Nov 27, 2014
    10
    Diviving many fans of the original source material, this was my most anticipated movie of the year (behind Interstellar) and I loved thisDiviving many fans of the original source material, this was my most anticipated movie of the year (behind Interstellar) and I loved this movie! Gareth Edwards respects the Godzilla legacy and restores the giant to his formal glory. Despite not much Godzilla, when you do get him it's amazing. Expand
  3. May 29, 2014
    9
    This is the first time in a long time that I actually felt like I was watching an original Godzilla film instead of changing the way he looksThis is the first time in a long time that I actually felt like I was watching an original Godzilla film instead of changing the way he looks they made a original Godzilla look and had other monsters for Godzilla to fight instead of just the humans vs Godzilla the scale of Godzilla feels massive when you see him its just unbelievable and any long term Godzilla fans may tear up when he is first revealed just to get that out there because I know I almost did the last third of this movie let's just say probably had the best kills in movie history there's not really much to say negatively about this movie besides the fact that it felt a little slow at first not much also the monster fight teasing where they waited til the end for stuff to get cool. 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. Sep 29, 2014
    6
    I had expected so much more going in, from all the hype and glowing reviews, I had thought it would be something of a masterpiece (as far asI had expected so much more going in, from all the hype and glowing reviews, I had thought it would be something of a masterpiece (as far as Godzilla movies are concerned.)

    But its not (at least not for me.) For a movie called Godzilla, Godzilla is barely in it. I'm aware that it was the same in the original (the original original, not the Broderick one) but the original was due to budget and the effects available at the time. 2014 Godzilla does not have that luxury. Even the Broderick Godzilla had more screen time.

    Still when Godzilla is there, he's F**KING AWESOME!! I guess that is why it annoys me that he isn't in the movie more. Godzilla was done right. *sigh*

    As for the non-Godzilla moments: Cranston is fantastic, I really wonder why on earth he wasn't in the movie more? Had he been a more central character for the whole movie, then this movie would have been absolutely brilliant. Watanabe is also great, but again, he's barely in the movie and his role feels mostly needless. As for the rest of the cast: *meh* nothing special.

    Overall:
    I guess as far as modern Godzilla movies are concerned this is the best we are going to get. I hope for the sequel they remember who the star is (see title for hint.)
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  6. Aug 25, 2014
    5
    To little to late; after watching Pacific Rim this movie just felt like a after thought. I get it's based on the "original Godzilla story andTo little to late; after watching Pacific Rim this movie just felt like a after thought. I get it's based on the "original Godzilla story and model design, but really? It felt like they took an already made platform, some budget actors and created a documentary (story line) about two praying mantis and a iguana's lovers quarrel. Expand
  7. Aug 29, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Why do I keep doing this to myself? This movie is awful on all fronts. Every single aspect of this movie is terrible and stupid - the plot, the subplot, the superplot, the dialogue, acting. Even the special effects are lame. I hope they paid Cranston piles and piles of $ to compromise his acting career in this fashion. He was trying to act like crazy in a wholesomely futile and purposeless effort, and all he succeeded to do is to look ridiculous. At least they put him out of his misery quickly. Don't even get me started on Juliette Binoche. What the hell is she doing in this fiasco. She dies quicker than Cranston so maybe she hopes no one really noticed her. I marked this review to contain spoilers, but there's no spoiling this movie. It is spoiled beyond anything I can reveal here, and revealing how terrible this movie is can only help people's lives and I feel that it is my citizen's duty to do so. Here goes: the movie ends with Godzilla being cheered by masses because he had just killed the other two monsters (hybrids between a bat, the alien, praying mantis, and early days of robotics) with his dragon breath. His motive was to restore balance?!?! Humans are quite inconsequential, and they all act like bunch of people who just don't care and are fully aware that all of it is just make believe. Anyhow, give it a wide berth. Expand

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