Godzilla (Gojira) Reviews

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May 8, 2014
It's a terse, lean terror with a big, swinging tail.
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.
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.
April 15, 2014
Honda's satire is cutting, with several characters resigned to living with the threat of constant cataclysm.
May 30, 2007
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.
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.
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.
August 20, 2004
The rampaging reptile is back to remind us that monsters have meaning.
July 22, 2004
Maybe it's 50 years late, but we're finally getting to see Godzilla as it was meant to be seen.
July 2, 2004
Rialto ... has done a commendable job of putting the picture back together, while adding fresh subtitles that occasionally mystify.
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.
June 17, 2004
It's less of a monster movie and more of a morality play about the dangers of nuclear experimentation.
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.
June 4, 2004
The most emotionally authentic fake monster movie ever made.
June 4, 2004
A great boon to monster movie fans, but will have limited appeal to others.
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.
May 21, 2004
Morally compelling aspects of Honda's film lost to Americans are now restored.
May 14, 2004
There's a surprisingly powerful thrust to this film.
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.
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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