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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: 75 out of 419
  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. Jul 13, 2014
    10
    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. May 25, 2014
    9
    As a massive Goji fan, I was HIGHLY anticapating this movie. And I was not disapointed. The film had great scope, excellent build-up, a goodAs a massive Goji fan, I was HIGHLY anticapating this movie. And I was not disapointed. The film had great scope, excellent build-up, a good plot, likeable characters. BUT, what takes this movie from an 8 out of 10 to a 9 is the effects and Godzilla himself. Some of the best FX I've had the pleasure of seeing and watching Godzilla beat the living sh*t out of the MUTO's on the big screen was a dream come true. An all around great film. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Let me Go with the BAD stuff first.

    The Trailers of the film are mostly false advertising, and the movie does not really portray GODZILLA the way it did in the trailers......
    and the King himself receives a very poor amount of screen time for a 2 hr movie, and they cut away a couple times, up to the point where it will frustrate you.
    Most of the human characters are bland, But they're not bad either, just not good to the point where you would care for them.
    Only one I actually cared for was Bryan Cranston but he sadly doesn't get a whole lot of screen time either.

    The GOOD parts:
    The CGI, animation is done very well, even sometimes where they are shown in the dark, looked pretty good for my taste.
    The monster designs are GREAT ,The MUTOs that Godzilla fight may have some simularities with CLOVERFIELD, but I find them interesting.
    The monster fight scenes are great as well at the end.
    Some of the tension build up is also pretty good.
    And the humans encountering with the monsters is also GREAT.

    Bottom Line
    It stands good as a GODZILLA movie which is why I give it a 7/10

    but as a film that lives up to the trailers I give it a 5/10.
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  5. Oct 17, 2014
    6
    The movie was alright. I am sure I would have enjoyed it more if There's more light. I know its suppose to be dark and gloomy. But hey, youThe movie was alright. I am sure I would have enjoyed it more if There's more light. I know its suppose to be dark and gloomy. But hey, you can't see anything! Expand
  6. Sep 1, 2014
    5
    Just forget godzilla(1999).
    This new godzilla it' s completely another thing.
    The main problem is that now godzilla is a strange creature
    Just forget godzilla(1999).
    This new godzilla it' s completely another thing.
    The main problem is that now godzilla is a strange creature between dragon and dinosaur.
    the twists are also too much foregone.
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  7. Dec 31, 2014
    0
    All the of what is meant to be the best affects are set in the dark.. very dark! just a lot of shadows and the acting is nothing short ofAll the of what is meant to be the best affects are set in the dark.. very dark! just a lot of shadows and the acting is nothing short of second rate...

    Probably the worst film i have ever seen... The writers, producers and the anybody who had anything to do with this film should be ashamed, they have ruined what should have been a classic
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