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Gojira Reviews

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Joe Bendel
Epoch Times
July 17, 2016
Sixty years later, Godzilla is still one of the baddest cats to grace a movie screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mariko McDonald
Film Threat
December 4, 2014
This is a movie about the devastation experienced in Japan during the war. It just happens to have a giant dino-monster in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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+
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
May 3, 2014
Beautifully restored 2014 version titled "Godzilla: The Japanese Original" screened. Despite the film's obvious and dated special effects, it remains a potent metaphor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew O'Hehir
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
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
April 13, 2014
Rarely has the open wound of widespread devastation been transposed to celluloid with greater visceral impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
February 3, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Scott Weinberg
February 1, 2012
This Criterion edition is the textbook definition of "must-own," provided you're a serious horror fan.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 28, 2012
For all its rubbery fakeness and sometimes silly plotting, the film nevertheless cuts right to the bone of nuclear anxiety
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Humanick
October 11, 2011
I'm waiting for the reboot that makes use of the meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi for its metaphorical roots.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
February 7, 2010
Alternates between the majestic evocation of modernist shock and the primitivist illusionism of someone in a baggy lizard suit tearing through a diorama
May 2, 2008
one of the all time greatest monster movies
| Original Score: 4/4
Rob Gonsalves
February 13, 2008
...surprisingly solemn and bitter. It is explicitly a post-Hiroshima nightmare writ large...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 20, 2007
A dark, deeply disturbing film with the specter of World War II and the atomic bomb hanging over nearly every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 6, 2007
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.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 30, 2007
It's exciting, sober, plausible and never unintentionally comic.
Peter Bradshaw
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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