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Godzilla (1998)

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40

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6

No consensus yet.

audience

29

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
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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

Dec 26, 2000

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (91) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (47) | DVD (30)

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

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

February 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Violent updated classic could be too intense for young kids.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

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

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (2)
eFilmCritic.com

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

January 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

December 6, 2004 | Comments (7)
Looking Closer

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

July 19, 2004 | Comment (1)

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.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

...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.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

A monster movie with a surprisingly potent moral message.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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!!"

July 9, 2001 Full Review

C'mon. Nobody goes to see Godzilla for the performances. This is Raging Lizard, not Raging Bull.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Flavorless piece of sci-fi hackwork.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Moviola

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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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!
July 14, 2013
KJ Proulx

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.
March 17, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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!
March 29, 2012
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Hmmm very dodgy US update of the classic Tokyo destroying lizard. Its a rip of so many ideas, and the little baby zillas make it even worse, almost 'Jurassic Park-ish' crossed with 'Aliens'. The look is good, the effects being quite decent for the time, its all cgi of course but because its dark allot it does look quite atmospheric.

The best part of the film easily is the choppers attacking zilla and being chomped down one at a time. The cast is pretty lame though, Broderick isn't fit to be in anything frankly and Azaria should stick to TV comedies, Reno is the best actor on show here. Basically the film looks good and thats it, the rest is a bit embarassing really.

Love how the old Japanese man on the dock at the start see's something happening in the sea before him and cries 'Godzilla!' even before he's seen anything haha why would it have a name in the first place? insane! lol!
February 29, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

    1. Dr. Niko Tatopoulos: That's a lot of fish.
    – Submitted by Joe N (11 months ago)
    1. Dr. Niko Tatopoulos: I've always wanted to join the French Foreign Legion.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (17 months ago)
    1. Audrey Timmonds: Who was that French guy, anyway?
    2. Dr. Niko Tatopoulos: Oh, just some insurance guy.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (17 months ago)
    1. Mayor Ebert: Wait a minuite. Then how can he be pregnant? What is this, The Virgin Lizard?
    – Submitted by Matthew D (17 months ago)
    1. 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?
    2. Dr. Niko Tatopoulos: Not if he reproduces asexually.
    3. Audrey Timmonds: Where's the fun in that?
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Military Communications Guy (uncredited): I can't believe it! He did all of this and we did nothing to him!
    2. Dr. Niko Tatopoulos: Oh, that's not true. We fed him!
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
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