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Godzilla (1998)


Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 48

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 301,402



Movie Info

Dedicated to Tomoyuki Tanaka (1910-1997), who produced the 1954 original and sequels, the Devlin/Emmerich interpretation displays a redesign of Godzilla, now a large lizard mutated after fallout from French nuclear tests. A blinding flash of white light fills the Eastern sky. Thousands of miles away, the Pacific Ocean churns, engulfing a freighter. On another part of the globe, giant footsteps plow a path through miles of Panamanian forests, Tahitian villages, and Jamaican beaches. In the … More

PG-13 (violence, language)
Action & Adventure , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Dean Devlin
In Theaters:
Dec 26, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Godzilla

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (48) | DVD (30)

The picture's fatal flaw is its inability to give us any consistent sense of Godzilla's size."

Full Review… | May 6, 2014

It's just another humdrum monster movie with Godzilla stapled on the marketing for the name recognition.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Broderick is like the proverbial deer in headlights . . . .

Full Review… | February 11, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Violent updated classic could be too intense for young kids.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

A great lumbering beast that has no personality, has size but no power.

Full Review… | February 14, 2008

This is the view from the end of the world -- we look on the smoking ruin of Manhattan and shrug and eat our popcorn.

Full Review… | January 17, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Godzilla ... is so poorly written and so un-original that it makes Independence Day sound like Shakespeare.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Where's stock footage of Raymond Burr when you need it?

July 19, 2004

If only one could fast-forward past the idiot characters to the parts where the creature nests in Madison Square Garden, crushes Fifth Avenue and chomps a taxicab.

Full Review… | July 1, 2004

...Godzilla literally runs away from battle, and is presented in such a way that the audience is actually supposed to feel sorry for him! I don't think so.

August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Unspeakably boring and despicable. How anyone could possibly like such a piece of wretched excrement is beyond my comprehension.

July 9, 2003
Arizona Daily Star

If you like your movies big, loud, and shallow, you'll be like a pig in slop.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

A monster movie with a surprisingly potent moral message.

Full Review… | March 2, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

How many shots were embarrassingly copied from Jurassic Park? "Please think of that much better movie while you're watching this one!!"

Full Review… | July 9, 2001

GODZILLA poaches a lot of imagery from JURASSIC PARK and then simply amplifies it under its self-promoted precept 'Size Does Matter'

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Did they hit a home run? In terms of computer-generated monsters wreaking havoc, yes. In terms of believable characters and a convincing story, not quite.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Esta llena de situaciones tan inverosímiles que a veces uno se pregunta a quien deberían desaparecer de la pantalla

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

I wasn't expecting much of anything from this film, but as Hollywood is teaching me: my hopes are still way too high.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Emmerich and Devlin's 'Godzilla' turns out to be almost as overblown as the 1977 revision of 'King Kong.' The only thing that might send you screaming from the theater is the horrifying Puff Daddy song heard over the end credits.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Kalamazoo Gazette

Flavorless piece of sci-fi hackwork.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Godzilla

Humanity is thrown out the window, real laughs are impossible to find and this film is too bad to have fun laughing at it's sheer dumbness. I felt insulted by this film, because Emmerich has a little more talent than this and this film focusses on too much dumb humour when it's supposed to be thrilling. The cast in this film is fine, but the way they react to everything is hilariously bad, the direction is sloppy, the camerawork is unfocussed, and the script is honestly one of the worst I've seen in a long time. This remake of "Godzilla" did not need to happen and it should never have happened. Sure the technicalities of the film show in certain moments, and for it's time I'm sure it pleased a lot of people, but to me, it's complete Hollywood trash at it's finest. It doesn't even work as a guilty pleasure. I'm fine with other people liking this film, but it's one of the worst I've ever seen!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

In one scene, Matthew Broderick buys pregnancy tests from the local store and uses them to find out Godzilla is...pregnant. He deduces it's because Godzilla is asexual, to which his girlfriend replies, "where's the fun in that." This is an example of how remarkably lame and poorly constructed this film is. Dismissing the fact the monster keeps changing size as well as stupid Mayor Ebert and his sidekick Gene (way to bash the critics Roland Emmerich), Godzilla is a lame studio attempt to cash in on the Jurassic Park craze by using an established brand. But like Xander Harris said, Matthew Broderick killed a big, dumb lizard that was NOT Godzilla.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Shlock artiste Emmerich regurgitates his "blockbuster" formula and directs a bigger, leaner, CGI generated, fire breathing lizard from traditional home stomping ground Japan to New York City where we discover ... but that would be telling. Jean Reno is the most fun as the Frenchman in the Big Apple.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Godzilla is an average horror, action movie and although i found it very entertaining just as a light hearted not to serious movie, it is just an average movie and nothing special about it.
It is action packed and enjoyable movie to watch on a rainiy day but thats about it!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Godzilla Quotes

Colonel Hicks:
I want it all sealed up.
Sergeant O'Neal:
Yes sir! do we do that, sir?
Colonel Hicks:
You fill 'em up with cement, brick 'em up, put landmines in 'em, bombs, I DON"T CARE! Make sure the damn thing doesn't leave the island!
– Submitted by John P (5 months ago)
Dr. Niko Tatopoulos:
That's a lot of fish.
– Submitted by Joe N (17 months ago)
Dr. Niko Tatopoulos:
I've always wanted to join the French Foreign Legion.
– Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)
Audrey Timmonds:
Who was that French guy, anyway?
Dr. Niko Tatopoulos:
Oh, just some insurance guy.
– Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)
Mayor Ebert:
Wait a minuite. Then how can he be pregnant? What is this, The Virgin Lizard?
– Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)
Audrey Timmonds:
Oh, wait. I don't get it. If he's the first of his kind,how can he be pregnant? Doesn't he need a mate?
Dr. Niko Tatopoulos:
Not if he reproduces asexually.
Audrey Timmonds:
Where's the fun in that?
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)

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