Godzilla (1998)



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Movie Info

Toho's fire-breathing monster is back, but his roar is the only thing that hasn't changed. The computer-generated Godzilla threatens to destroy NY, managing to escape the military by hiding underground. Eventually Godzilla's babies hatch in Madison Square Garden where they run amok for awhile. The film is complete with a cheesy romance.

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


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Critic Reviews for Godzilla

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (12)

Despite some clever and exciting sequences, though, this $120 million epic of reconstituted Atomic Age trash... lumbers more than it thrills.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Despite all the flash and filigree, this monster movie is curiously - and conspicuously - lacking in heart.

Full Review… | November 27, 2008
Top Critic

After a promising start, the movie falls apart almost as soon as Godzilla arrives in Manhattan.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Yhe movie sorely misses the quirky charm of "Independence Day's" Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum and the story never captures the heart.

Full Review… | December 11, 2014

Save your seven bucks and visit the Big Apple's other green giant, Lady Liberty.

Full Review… | December 5, 2014
Christian Science Monitor

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2014

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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