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Godzilla (2014)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 253
Fresh: 186 | Rotten: 67

With just enough human drama to anchor the sweeping spectacle of giant monsters smashing everything in sight, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla satisfyingly restores the franchise's fire-breathing glory.

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 49
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 16

With just enough human drama to anchor the sweeping spectacle of giant monsters smashing everything in sight, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla satisfyingly restores the franchise's fire-breathing glory.

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In Summer 2014, the world's most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure "Godzilla." From visionary new director Gareth Edwards ("Monsters") comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. (c) Warner Bros

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All Critics (253) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (186) | Rotten (67)

This is what you get, San Francisco, with all your douchey, flashy, dot-com money: You get stomped on by Godzilla.

May 18, 2014 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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Godzilla handles everything the military hurls at him: ships, guns, planes, rockets, even a squadron of HALO paratroopers. The only thing that can cut him down to size is being relegated to a supporting role in his very own movie.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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The beasts just want to have fun, but the gravest letdown in Edwards's film is that, most of the time, he fends off the chance to have fun himself.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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We're here to see the film's leading lizard, who is pretty gorgeously realized by an army of digitizers, even if he seems just a bit-player in his own movie for the first hour or so.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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The first truly joyous popcorn action movie of the season.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland
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It's a tad better than the 1998 Godzilla, perhaps, but that's not saying much.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Rekindles a love for the great summer blockbuster and the monsters of our treasured nightmares.

July 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

What is the line? 'It's not the Godzilla film you want, but it's the Godzilla film you need?' But it's neither.

July 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

[T]here's a sometimes doggedly to-the-point quality to the film that you can't help admiring in contrast to the breathlessness of so much CGI cinema.

July 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

While there's not much genuine tension along the way, the film manages a few clever twists within its mainstream framework that allow it to escape some of the pointless pitfalls of many other remakes.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Exhibiting such creative styles of directing, Edwards hones in on all of Godzilla's personality traits that have made him such an icon to the cinematic universe.

June 23, 2014 Full Review Source: AwardsCircuit.com
AwardsCircuit.com

... 60 years after he first appeared onscreen, Hollywood finally has done "Godzilla" right.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

More disaster movie than monster movie, "Godzilla" is a thrilling film with a faint examination of imperialistic hubris.

June 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

An air of unfamiliarity, strangeness, and gloom hangs over this sci-fi blockbuster.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

It cracks me up to hear people complaining about the dramatic depth of the human characters. THIS IS A GODZILLA MOVIE...AND IT RULES!!!

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Reno News and Review
Reno News and Review

I swear that same sense of dread that overwhelmed me watching all those cheesy if menacing "monster movies" of the '50s and '60s came back once more, only now accompanied by a recognizable cast and superior special effects.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

A proper-sized blockbuster, where the humans are wholly incidental.

May 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Sure, there's something to be said for teasing an audience... ratcheting up anticipation of what's eventually to come. But at some juncture - much earlier than director Gareth Edwards intends - Godzilla needs to stop being an extra in his own movie.

May 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

Godzilla returns in an installment that's certainly better than Roland Emmerich's disastrous 1998 effort...

May 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A lot of descriptive words can be used to critique the new Godzilla, but the last one I ever expected to use was 'dull.'

May 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

It's a running theme, looking awesome over what-the-hell-were-the-writers-thinking... this is the creature comfort you've been looking for.

May 25, 2014 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

After a protracted and largely disconnected first act, the movie catches fire and hardly lets up. The special effects are stunning.

May 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Nothing can top the original. This one is geared to the teenaged audience brought up on video games. Instead of a meditation on nuclear perils, it is "Transformers" type junk.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Some directors do comedy, some drama, some romance. Better than anyone else, Edwards does pandemonium.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

Godzilla has always been a slice of B-movie hokum, and it still is. This time, it's quality hokum worthy of our inner nine-year-olds.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

A prehistoric creature that still has the atomic oomph to strut out of the ocean depths, make a 400-foot-tall, megaton statement, and set the world straight--well, there's only one that comes to mind.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Audience Reviews for Godzilla

Following the surprisingly interesting "Monsters", Gareth Edwards is back for his second outing with a daunting task -- portraying the classic tale of Godzilla in a fresh way. Does he succeed? He certainly does.

Campy, outrageous, and comical are some words that come to mind when thinking of the absurd amount of Godzilla movies that were made. With Edwards' fresh new take on "Godzilla", the mythical beast has once again become a feared and mysterious force. All this is credit to Edwards' smartly built up tension. Perhaps through 45 minutes of the movie do you even see Godzilla, but it keeps audiences gripped and anxious to finally feast their eyes on the monster. And when you do, wow, what a sight to behold. The special effects are absolutely stunning. And as the movie progresses, it continues to reward audiences with more and more with a fire-breathing finale that is nothing short of crowd-pleasing. Funnily, "The Avengers" suffers because it didn't take the same approach "Godzilla" did; what should've been a jaw-dropping union between a handful of comic book superstars becomes a limp and weak get-together. Kudos Edwards.

However, one of the biggest issues monster films tend to get stuck on are the lackluster human stories. "Cloverfield" was superbly effective because the narrative was completely focused on the human side of a monster attack. This is where "Godzilla" stumbles to an extent. For a film that is trying to portray a much grittier tone, the writing was jarringly campy. However, the brilliantly casted Bryan Cranston lifts what is a lackluster script to supreme levels. Yes, his portrayal as Walter White in the "Breaking Bad" series was excellent, but Cranston does a jaw-droppingly phenomenal job here.

"Godzilla" is a breath of fresh air for what was becoming a very stale movie franchise, but it does have many faults such as the writing and the weak human story, but this a very good step in the right direction for what is an iconic monster.
June 25, 2014
Albert Kim

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i really wanted to love this film. i went in knowing it wouldnt be a revelation, but i still hoped it would be unique in some senses, or at least decent as an homage to the original. it was none of these things. the film was highly entertaining, but relied too much on coincidence and was essentially nothing more than a collection of every standard, empty blockbuster motif available. it didnt even feel like a godzilla film as the focus of the aura of the story was more on the other monsters. a wasted effort.
June 25, 2014
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The disaster scenes are great. Unfortunately, the "human drama" is merely a backdrop to the story and not the primary focus. This makes the narrative boring and hard to care for. See Rise of the Planet of the Apes for a summer disaster movie done correctly.
June 23, 2014
Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

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Were you left disappointed and annoyed by the 1998 version? Never you worry anymore for the King of the Monsters has returned with a vengeance.Even though 'Gorjira' may not appear as much as people had hope, those few moments he does are jaw dropping and are more than worth the wait.
June 19, 2014
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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    1. Vivienne Graham: The top of a primordial ecosystem, a god for all intents and purposes.
    2. Ford Brody: A monster
    – Submitted by Dinofoux O (36 days ago)
    1. Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza: The arrogance of men is thinking that nature is in our control, and not the other way around.
    – Submitted by Kevin Aaron A (43 days ago)
    1. Team Member #2: Is the bridge secure?
    2. Team Member #3: [Incoherent Screaming]
    – Submitted by Aviel M (44 days ago)
    1. Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza: The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in his control, and not the other way around. Let them fight.
    – Submitted by Nathan A (45 days ago)
    1. Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza: Nature has an order, a power to restore balance.
    – Submitted by Dinofoux O (45 days ago)
    1. Joe Brody: You have no idea what's coming
    – Submitted by Reynol D (46 days ago)
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