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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: 76 out of 427
  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. Jun 5, 2014
    10
    Fans of Godzilla will not be disappointed, as the giant lizard returns in his full glory to destroy cities and battle the MUTOs, giganticFans of Godzilla will not be disappointed, as the giant lizard returns in his full glory to destroy cities and battle the MUTOs, gigantic monsters that wish to destroy mankind. Expand
  3. May 23, 2014
    9
    I liked how the film played with your emotions and it was pretty intense! I don't usually like films like this but as soon as the action cameI liked how the film played with your emotions and it was pretty intense! I don't usually like films like this but as soon as the action came suddenly in different scenes it made it more exciting! Expand
  4. Aug 31, 2014
    7
    This is one of these "extreme split" movies. One half (here being the human part) is completely uninteresting, while the other half (theThis is one of these "extreme split" movies. One half (here being the human part) is completely uninteresting, while the other half (the monster parts) are incredibly awesome. It's like peeling a really hard and bitter shell to finally get through to the sweet fruit inside. Also, I don't know how someone can do such a generic human story, look at the finished product and think "Wow, this is great". I mean, even for Hollywood summer movie standards. Expand
  5. Oct 24, 2014
    6
    A Godzilla movie with about 11 minutes of Godzilla in it, genius. This movie wasn't all bad but when your movie is called Godzilla I expect toA Godzilla movie with about 11 minutes of Godzilla in it, genius. This movie wasn't all bad but when your movie is called Godzilla I expect to see Godzilla. This is the most disappointing movie I have seen all year, it's alright. It's not as bad as Godzilla 1998.
    6/10
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  6. Oct 5, 2014
    5
    The Movie Is About a Man Who Try To Protect His Family .I Think The Biggest Problem Of Movie Is That There Is No Godzilla In It 90 MinutesThe Movie Is About a Man Who Try To Protect His Family .I Think The Biggest Problem Of Movie Is That There Is No Godzilla In It 90 Minutes Pass From The film And We Saw Godzilla For 20 Seconds. 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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