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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: 58 out of 334
  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. May 20, 2014
    Very well done/. The lead is a bit wooden--hope he's not around for the sequel, but thats the only flaw I found. BTW, all the Godzilla films spend the first half of the movie on whatever creatures big G is gonna fight, so this movie's approach is in keeping with the franchise and its tradition. Still, ADHD reviewers and fans want nothing but non stop mayhem, so they slam this film without understanding the context of the franchise's history. Personally I loved it and am heading back for a second view. Expand
  3. May 18, 2014
    This film had a good story, not the deepest, but what do you expect a love film? About a family drama? No it was the worlds perspective about Godzilla. Which it is what it should be. The creatures looked amazing, the destruction too, not over the top but in a more realistic sense if these 300m creatures did exists. In short Godzilla is my hero. Expand
  4. May 24, 2014
    While it's human characters don't leave a lasting impact (with the exception of Bryan Cranston), Godzilla compensates with plenty of action and an overall eerie tone not found in other epic monster movies. Expand
  5. May 22, 2014
    From the offset, Gareth Edward's Godzilla sets forth to distance itself from the perpetual laughing stock that was Roland Emmerich's previous attempt at bringing the Japanese icon to life on the big screen. This is successfully achieved as the film proposes a darker, grittier and more authentic feel than its predecessor.
    Godzilla is sleek ,beautifully crafted and it's obvious that the studio spared no expense in rendering a Hollywood monster that would leave audiences wanting more. Unfortunately this is to the detriment of the film itself as the title character is more often than not overshadowed by both it's Kaiju and human opposition.
    Edwards' attempt at blending both monster porn and a compelling story of human courage ultimately misfires as he fails to strike the mean between both approaches. These two primary concepts are underdeveloped and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's bland cliched performance highlights the lack of attention given to characters who show less life than there primordial counterparts.
    However Edwards does step up to the mainstream with confidence and his Spielbergian influences add some degree of quality to an altogether under-whelming experience. The slow tease introduction of the showpiece à la Spielberg's Jaws is certainly a step in the right direction but the lack of a payoff ultimately negates the positive intentions. This along with the never thoroughly explored 'Man versus Nature' angle only aids in emphasizing how much more this film could and should have been.
    Although sandwiched between some heavy hitting summer blockbusters, such as X-men, Godzilla is sure to attract significant audience numbers but with the final product delivering less Jurassic Park and more Lost World, it is undecided as to whether or not this is the film that will resurrect a franchise already dead in the water.
  6. Jul 9, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The movie as a whole just really bummed me out.
    For starters, they barely show Godzilla. I know people say it was to build tension, but there comes a point where you stop building tension and just start pissing off the audience.
    Even ignoring that fact, the movie is annoying. It focuses more on the humans than the monsters. That would be fine if the human characters were interesting. They kill off Bryan Cranston, the best character, early off in the movie. All of the other characters are uninteresting.
    I was just very disappointed with this film. There is one scene at the very end of the movie that bumps my score up 2 points, but if not for that I would have given this film a 3.
    Hopefully the next Godzilla film will be good.
  7. Jul 10, 2014
    If you like clichés, you will love this movie. They did a great work catalogueing every one of them and putting them together in a somewhat reasonable order. I cannot believe someone who's more than 7 years old could like this movie, tedious repetition. I watched it with my brother and cousins who are early teenagers and they were as disgusted as I was. In fact, we were so mad by wasting our money on such crap that we watched X-Men Days of Future Past without paying for it, seriously, it's the least the cinema should do for us.
    Spot the critics who gave this movie a good review and don't ever read their reviews again!!!

    By the way, sadly, this might kill Bryan Cranston's. **** believable that they kill one of the best actors of all time just so we have to keep torturing ourselves with the stupid looks of the disappointing Aaron Taylor-Johnson. I say disappointing because Mr. Taylor-Johnson did an amazing job as Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina. Total shipwreck is an eufemism for this movie.

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