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Action . Science Fiction . Thriller . Adventure . Sci-Fi

Fifteen years after an 'incident' at a Japanese nuclear power plant, physicist Joe Brody joins forces with his soldier son Ford to discover for themselves what really happened. What they uncover is prelude to global-threatening devastation. An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Actors: Aaron Taylor-Johnson , Ken Watanabe , Elizabeth Olsen , Bryan Cranston , Juliette Binoche , Sally Hawkins , David Strathairn , CJ Adams , Carson Bolde , Richard T. Jones
Directors: Gareth Edwards
Country: USA , JAPAN
Release: 2014-05-16
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  • Andrew O'Hehir

    This is a movie of tremendous visual daring, magnificent special-effects work and surprising moral gravity. Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The sheer filmmaking craft on display here shames almost any comparably budgeted superhero picture you can name. Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    In form, it's no wham-bam VFX sizzle reel replete with sputtering, ejaculatory climaxes. It's the magnificently sustained equivalent of Ravel's "Bolero," with nuclear warheads in place of timpani rolls.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The director thinks visually, which sounds redundant until you realize how many monster movies are flat, effects-dependent factory jobs. Edwards knows how to use great heights for great effect.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The worry regarding 2014's Godzilla was that it would seem like a retread of recent big-budget monster mashes "Cloverfield" or "Pacific Rim," or, worse yet, that it would sink to the depths of the 1998 American reboot. Happily, though, this one can stand on its own two enormous three-toed feet.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    This Godzilla doesn’t tap into deeper cultural anxieties the way its 60-year-old ancestor did. Nor does it engender much dramatic investment in its hero... Yet as pure popcorn entertainment, Godzilla delivers plenty of goosebumps.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    This could easily be ground zero for a whole new series of films, but if it remains a stand-alone single movie, Edwards told an entire story, and for the first time in as long as I can remember, it feels like Godzilla actually matters.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Matt Maytum

    That rare breed of blockbuster that emphasises character over spectacle and slow-burn tension over relentless action sequences, Godzilla rewards patience with strong performances and sparing, spine-tingling set-pieces.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Amon Warmann

    The human drama isn't always as compelling as it wants to be, but at its best Godzilla is a hugely entertaining blockbuster that starts strongly and finishes with a mighty roar. The king of the monsters has returned, and it appears he's here to stay.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    A summer blockbuster that’s not just thrilling, but that orchestrates its thrills with such rare diligence, you want to yelp with glee.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Godzilla 2014 is a more somber and frightening reboot than the cartoonish 1998 movie.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The second half of Godzilla is definitely more fun than the first part of a film I enjoyed overall, if less than last year’s similar dip into giant monster blockbusterdom, “Pacific Rim.”

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Here, finally, is a giant monster movie made in the anything-goes CGI era still capable of making your jaw drop.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    While it has its moments of baffling plot development and the human characters aren’t exactly Shakespearean in depth, there’s some pretty impressive CGI monster destruction here, and the talented English director Gareth Edwards clearly respects the thought-provoking sci-fi roots of the original.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    In many ways, Godzilla is a cousin to Edwards' earlier movie, "Monsters," in that it focuses more on the ineffectual humans than the monsters.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Edwards manages to sustain a grim, cerebral atmosphere all the way through, as if fighting the inevitable demands of the material. The movie contains enough basic money shots to please hardcore Godzilla fans without indulging in them at every opportunity. By contemporary blockbusters standards, it's practically a minimalist enterprise.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    You don’t go see a 2014 Godzilla reboot for the delicate character shadings and plausible story structure. You go to watch a giant radioactive lizard whale on stuff, and on that score, Godzilla does its work.

    Slate Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Edwards’ film doesn’t care much about metaphorical resonance, and cares even less about its human characters, many of which get forgotten for long stretches of the film. But Godzilla has a way with a disaster setpiece, and it cares a lot about providing awesome monster-on-monster action on a mammoth scale.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Superbly made but burdened by some dull human characters enacted by an interesting international cast who can't do much with them, this new Godzilla is smart, self-aware, eye-popping and arguably in need of a double shot of cheeky wit.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    It’s just a popcorn movie – but it’s loud, smashing fun, if you accept it as a high-tech piece of silliness.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    It’s a creature feature for the Subatomic Age.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    He doesn't seem too interested in his actors — they're more plodding than their reptilian costars and you don't care about a single one of them — but Edwards does know how to fashion some serious monster mayhem.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    We're here to see the film's leading lizard, who is pretty gorgeously realized by an army of digitizers, even if he seems just a bit-player in his own movie for the first hour or so.

    NPR Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    An uneven spectacle that can’t sustain its solid first-half character moments. But the movie can also flash a surprising, often clever sense of legacy, and is intermittently capable of thrilling us.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Fortunately, the monsters are actually kind of a kick. And isn’t that why you go to see a movie like this anyway?

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Seeing the scaly dude side with Mother Nature against the freaks is almost worth enduring the blather that precedes it. I said "almost."

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Ironically this big, lumbering movie could have used more, not less. More Godzilla without question, and more emotional content for its very good cast too.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    It is at once bloated and efficient, executed with tremendous discipline and intelligence and conceived with not too much of either.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    How many times have we complained that summer blockbusters are all about the action, at the expense of niceties like character development? Well, Edwards has gone in another direction, one that's more intriguing in theory than on the screen.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    Edwards’ film boasts great filmmaking, noble intentions and cracking monster action. Yet it never reconciles its B-movie origins — preposterous premise, clichéd characters — with its solemn, Nolanised tone. This Godzilla stomps but very rarely romps.

    Empire Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    It’s always fun to watch scaly, skyscraper-size behemoths lay waste to civilization, but a bit more human drama wouldn’t have gone amiss.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Edwards seems to have miscalculated our investment in his cast...simultaneously underestimating how satisfying some good old-fashioned monster-on-MUTO action can be.

    Variety Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    The best thing about this new Godzilla is that it spares no expense or effort to deliver big, burly IMAX-ified action... The worst thing about this new Godzilla is how that’s the best thing about it. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Sometimes, oftentimes, trailers showcase only the good stuff. The actual movie is a pale substitute. Such is the case here.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Godzilla asks you to care about its characters, achieves that aspiration, earns your trust, and then not only pivots towards a far less interesting character, but abandons most of its absorbing emotional legwork for a fairly rote and straightforward rock ‘em, sock ‘em monster movie.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) gets the money shots right, but neither he nor screenwriter Max Borenstein (working from a story by David Callaham) makes the human characters interesting enough to get us through two mostly Godzilla-free acts.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Skip Godzilla the movie. Watch the trailer.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    Godzilla – both the movie and the big guy – is otherwise something of a lumpy, lumbering great beast of a thing, lurching from city to city, continent to continent, smackdown to smackdown and plot point to plot point with singularly graceless indifference to anything other than those take-home jaw-dropper shots.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    When the film finally gets around to monsters on a rampage, you'll get both more and less than you bargained for.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The problem is that he — unlike most modern sci-fi directors, who throw so much CGI at you that they make miracles cheap — seems peculiarly stingy when it’s time to deliver.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    What's particularly weird about Godzilla is that for long stretches, all it shows is destruction.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The latest Hollywood version of the Godzilla story is neither fun nor fearsome. It’s an empty spectacle in which the humans are as meaningless as the monster.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    At some juncture — much earlier than director Gareth Edwards intends — Godzilla needs to stop being an extra in his own movie.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Godzilla is one of those generic, omnipresent blockbusters that's undone by the very spectacle it strives to dazzle us with: Everything is so gargantuan, so momentous, that nothing has any weight.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    In a tale this timeworn and a film this devoid of humor, with only a few moments of humanity, with tension frittered away by the tedious repetition of the fights, anybody who has ever seen Godzilla in any incarnation can be forgiven for asking the obvious. “What else have you got?”

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Despite a few fiery breaths, there’s mostly hot air from a lot of serious actors slumming it.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Paul MacInnes

    While many people might want to go to the cinema to see Godzilla, what they get instead is a load of homosapiens desperately trying to put a human face on the drama.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Edwards’ Godzilla dawdles toward its Doomsday climax; the movie could win a prize for Least Stuff Happening in the First Two-Thirds of an Action Film... It’s a concept lacking a magnetic story, a package without a product.

    Time Full Review
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