A masterpiece: even in its most generic elements, it's never just a monster movie, but a fantastic depiction of how humans survive and struggle.
| Original Score: 9/10
I would be surprised if any recent digital monster proves as malleable and as enduring as this great gorilla-whale (goriro + kujira = Gojira, AKA Godzilla) who created an entire genre.
| Original Score: 8/10
This Criterion edition is the textbook definition of "must-own," provided you're a serious horror fan.
| Original Score: 5/5
For all its rubbery fakeness and sometimes silly plotting, the film nevertheless cuts right to the bone of nuclear anxiety
| Original Score: 3.5/4
I'm waiting for the reboot that makes use of the meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi for its metaphorical roots.
| Original Score: 4/5
Alternates between the majestic evocation of modernist shock and the primitivist illusionism of someone in a baggy lizard suit tearing through a diorama
one of the all time greatest monster movies
| Original Score: 4/4
...surprisingly solemn and bitter. It is explicitly a post-Hiroshima nightmare writ large...
A dark, deeply disturbing film with the specter of World War II and the atomic bomb hanging over nearly every scene.
a pioneering behemoth in the history of Japanese cinema, leaving giant footprints in its trail that many have followed but few have filled so impressively.
It's exciting, sober, plausible and never unintentionally comic.
The special effects for this re-released 1954 film by Ishiro Honda may now look a bit creaky, but the storytelling is muscular and the post-nuclear parable it offers is passionate and fascinatingly ambiguous.
Por trás da história absurdamente divertida, o filme revela uma sociedade às voltas com o trauma da bomba atômica e a busca desesperada pela promessa de paz entre os povos.
| Original Score: 4/5
Everything you have heard about Godzilla is true
| Original Score: 3/4
Seen afresh in this cut, with Honda's pulp poetry restored, this ballad of destruction reveals itself as one of the most exciting, enjoyable and moving of them all.
By today's standards, this may feel rather dull and ponderous, but it's actually a remarkably astute film.
A treasure that should remain buried to all but the most gonzo Godzilla followers.
| Original Score: 2/4
It wasn't until I revisited the first film in the series, which premiered in Japan on Nov. 3, 1954, that I realized how powerful a political statement it makes.
Honda may not have created the most convincing-looking monster in cinema history, but he managed to give his sci-fi/horror movie a social relevance, particularly in postwar Japan.
| Original Score: B
The rampaging reptile is back to remind us that monsters have meaning.