Gojira Reviews

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 8, 2014
It's a terse, lean terror with a big, swinging tail.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 18, 2014
While the acting is hit-and-miss and the story jumps around somewhat confusingly, Honda's film is a one-of-a-kind experience all the way through, one that stands the test of time better than I had expected.
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
April 16, 2014
Clever storytelling manages to confront tragedy from any number of angles, and sometimes swinging at it from the side can be the most affecting.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 15, 2014
Honda's satire is cutting, with several characters resigned to living with the threat of constant cataclysm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
October 13, 2005
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.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 20, 2004
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 20, 2004
The rampaging reptile is back to remind us that monsters have meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 22, 2004
Maybe it's 50 years late, but we're finally getting to see Godzilla as it was meant to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 2, 2004
Rialto ... has done a commendable job of putting the picture back together, while adding fresh subtitles that occasionally mystify.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 2, 2004
This is a bad movie, but it has earned its place in history, and the enduring popularity of Godzilla and other monsters shows that it struck a chord.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
June 17, 2004
It's less of a monster movie and more of a morality play about the dangers of nuclear experimentation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
June 11, 2004
Godzilla has never looked as good as in Honda's original conception, and few sci-fi creatures have equaled the size or impact of its first footsteps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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June 4, 2004
The most emotionally authentic fake monster movie ever made.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 4, 2004
A great boon to monster movie fans, but will have limited appeal to others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 27, 2004
Political charge elevates Godzilla far above its reputation for cheesiness, but not so far that it should be mistaken for political satire.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 21, 2004
Morally compelling aspects of Honda's film lost to Americans are now restored.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 14, 2004
There's a surprisingly powerful thrust to this film.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 14, 2004
Its images of the destruction of the cities is far more powerful than in American films, where the cities are trashed for the pure pleasure of destruction, without any real sense of human loss.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 13, 2004
An interesting exercise in nostalgia as well as an informative look at the origins of a sci-fi giant who's stamped through nearly 30 films.
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Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2004
Can now be appreciated not just as a minor classic of tragic destruction, but also as a somber exploration of conflicted postwar emotions.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 7, 2004
A collective metaphor and a collective nightmare, a message film that says more than its message, that captures, with a horrified poetry, the terrors that stomped through the minds of people 50 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 6, 2004
Godzilla is now more 'serious,' yet its tone just veers closer to that of solemn American B-horror cheese like Them!
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 4, 2004
As crass as it is visionary, Godzilla belongs with -- and might well trump -- the art films Hiroshima Mon Amour and Dr. Strangelove as a daring attempt to fashion a terrible poetry from the mind-melting horror of atomic warfare.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 24, 2001
Godzilla remains one of the most potent mythic structures of the 50s, and you get him here in full foot-stomping glory.