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Gojira Reviews

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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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James Berardinelli
June 4, 2004
A great boon to monster movie fans, but will have limited appeal to others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 29, 2004
A treasure that should remain buried to all but the most gonzo Godzilla followers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 9, 2015
It's ultimately rather difficult to discern why Godzilla has amassed a reputation as a classic of the genre...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
April 20, 2004
While the Raymond Burr version is unintentionally funny, the original Japanese-language version is actually a tedious bore. But the Big G is still the king!
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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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.
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
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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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 17, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
June 9, 2004
The original Godzilla is quite a grave affair, making the link between the monster's rampage and the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki morbidly explicit.
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
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
Don Willmott
May 14, 2004
a movie way ahead of its time
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 19, 2004
It's intriguing to wonder how Japanese audiences responded to the film in the '50s, when the terrible super-weapons had only recently become a fact of life.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
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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.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
This is a film with some very nice visual imagery and it has become a favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4
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