Godzilla

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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: 82 out of 463
  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
    " Godzilla is GROUNDBREAKING and a takes you on a wonderful adventure with Godzilla's Battle ". So far i can not believe what i just saw i saw" Godzilla is GROUNDBREAKING and a takes you on a wonderful adventure with Godzilla's Battle ". So far i can not believe what i just saw i saw a exciting journey . Its even better then just some monster movie . Grade A+ Expand
  3. May 18, 2014
    8
    I went in expecting big, dumb action, a.k.a. a summer blockbuster, and that's not really what I got. With that being said, I'm in no wayI went in expecting big, dumb action, a.k.a. a summer blockbuster, and that's not really what I got. With that being said, I'm in no way disappointed with that outcome. Godzilla is a taut, smart, and morally sound THRILLER, not action film. Director Gareth Edwards does a great job of keeping Godzilla back for the most part, only showing glimpses of him until the final 20 or so minutes. This style of narrative pays great homage to the original film, and I really respect that. People complain about Aaron Johnson's character not being emotive enough, and while he certainly isn't, that's not what the character calls for. The character calls for someone who is in control-both physically and emotionally, and that's what Johnson brings to the table. The entire cast brings their A-game and elevates occasionally clunky dialogue to fascinating, realistic drama. A great movie. Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2014
    7
    Godzilla is a character that is very difficult to portray on the big screen. This was a movie that was easily a box office success and we allGodzilla is a character that is very difficult to portray on the big screen. This was a movie that was easily a box office success and we all predicted that. This reboot certainly beat the 1998 version of the film but there is still some room for improvement. It is a long wait before we ever even get to get to see Godzilla and it never really seems like he is the focal point of the movie. The action in the last half hour of the movie is what makes the movie worth watching. Godzilla is a movie that should be watched in a theater and not on home video in order to capture the full experience. Expand
  5. May 16, 2014
    6
    Godzilla shines like a flickering flame, with a few glorious moments, which are unfortunately not enough to redeem its sub-par dialogue,Godzilla shines like a flickering flame, with a few glorious moments, which are unfortunately not enough to redeem its sub-par dialogue, meaningless plot progression and general predictability. The most frequent thought approaching any individual with a respectable taste in films will be "I've seen this before." It may show off its visual brilliance in parts that mimic the brainless god-size conflicts in Pacific Rim, but in the end it feels cartoonish, fake and ultimately not as awe-inspiring as it could've been. 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. 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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