Godzilla 2014

Critics score:
74 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com: This is what you get, San Francisco, with all your douchey, flashy, dot-com money: You get stomped on by Godzilla. Read more

Alex Pappademas, Grantland: The first truly joyous popcorn action movie of the season. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: Even in 3-D, these human characters are barely one-dimensional, but in the end that doesn't really matter very much. Read more

Matthew Kassel, New York Observer: Godzilla is loud and grandiose at times, but it's also an elegant, understated and welcome approach to the kaiju genre. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: The more elements the movie piles on, the more diffuse and disjointed it becomes. Read more

Soren Anderson, Seattle Times: As cities are reduced to dusty ruins and fleeing survivors jam highways, echoes of Sept. 11 resonate unmistakably, and that significantly dilutes the fun factor. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: 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. Read more

Peter Debruge, Variety: No previous Godzilla movie has worried much about the issue of plausibility, but it seems to be an almost crippling concern here... [but Godzilla movies] are ultimately judged by the quality of the mayhem, and Edwards excels at blowing things up. Read more

A.A. Dowd, AV Club: Edwards makes the leap to the majors with confidence, adapting his grounded approach to sci-fi to a much larger scale. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: How many times have we complained that summer blockbusters are all about the action, at the expense of niceties like character development? Read more

Tom Russo, Boston Globe: This latest bid to Hollywoodize a uniquely Japanese icon is 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 ... Read more

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader: The sets (decorated by Elizabeth Wilcox) are filled with quirky bric-a-brac, bringing a lived-in dimension to the big-budget spectacle, and Edwards displays a welcome playfulness in some of his flamboyant camera movements. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: Is there enough Godzilla in "Godzilla"? Folks, there is. There is just enough. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: It's a tad better than the 1998 Godzilla, perhaps, but that's not saying much. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: If you're into superlatives - and who isn't? - Godzilla conjures the most jaw-dropping giant monster sequences since the original King Kong. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Everybody in this movie is a bore, or at least something of a blank. The script by Max Borenstein, from a story by David Callaham, doesn't give anybody time to be endearing or sarcastic or human in any way. Read more

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com: The reboot perfectly illustrates the problem that has long haunted mediocre monster movies. When the big, scaly guys are on screen, it's a fun thrill ride. But when the humans are at the center of the action, things get scary - and not in a good way. Read more

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: Edwards does know how to fashion some serious monster mayhem. Read more

James Rocchi, Film.com: "Godzilla" has technical prowess and computing power that the early efforts could only dream of; but by upping the effects without paying attention to the affect, "Godzilla" gains majesty and loses meaning. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: 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. Read more

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: 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. Read more

Tony Hicks, San Jose Mercury News: This is the "Godzilla" fans have been waiting for, and any other big budget summer action flick will be hard-pressed to equal the fun. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: In Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards sets out to revive something that has practically disappeared from big-budget Hollywood spectacles: A sense of awe. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: The iconic movie monster feels diminished in this multimillion-dollar disappointment. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: The beasts just want to have fun, but the gravest letdown in Edwards's film is that, most of the time, he fends off the chance to have fun himself. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: If you really don't ask for anything more than a solid hour or so of giant creatures beating on each other, well then, this new "Godzilla" is for you - just the way all the old ones were. Read more

Ian Buckwalter, NPR: This is exactly what big summer movies ought to aspire to: never short on dazzle, but unafraid to let us catch our breath once it's been taken away. Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR: 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. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: Despite a few fiery breaths, there's mostly hot air from a lot of serious actors slumming it. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: One of the pleasures the movie offers is the thought that actors who have done splendid work elsewhere ... are being paid well for shouting, grimacing and spouting expository claptrap. Read more

Michael Sragow, Orange County Register: Director Gareth Edwards bloats the film with human figures that never spring to life and sabotage the primal story. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Edwards' expertise in the visual effects field manifests itself in the seamlessness of the computer-generated imagery, if not in its extraordinariness. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: This may not exactly be the Godzilla I grew up with but it's a more than acceptable upgrade. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com: Edwards and his team produce consistently stunning visuals. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: In the last third of this lumbering reboot, the latest Godzilla springs to life and wakes up the wide-eyed kid in all of us. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com: It's a bracing tonic for the bored palate of the mainstream moviegoer, and one of the most intriguing big-budget breakthrough films since Steven Spielberg made "Jaws." Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: For at least 75 minutes of the movie, there's not a single moment of human peril that's made vivid or consequential. It's all just spectacle, whether it's people or buildings getting destroyed. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: It's a smooth, sleek, technologically awe-inspiring 3-D blockbuster with a top-shelf cast (speaking middle-to-lower-shelf dialogue most of the time, to be sure, but they do it with style). Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Will you have fun watching this movie on opening weekend with friends? No doubt. Will you remember it in a year? Dubious. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: There's a word for the kind of technocratic brains behind "Godzilla": unbalanced. Read more

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic: Godzilla handles everything the military hurls at him: ships, guns, planes, rockets, even a squadron of HALO paratroopers. The only thing that can cut him down to size is being relegated to a supporting role in his very own movie. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail: Godzilla - both the movie and the big guy - is ... 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 ... Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Edwards wants to do more than make our eyes bulge and our popcorn crunch. Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: 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. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: It's always fun to watch scaly, skyscraper-sized behemoths lay waste to civilisation, but a bit more human drama would be welcome. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: Aiming for a titanic tale that is also seriously ominous, Godzilla opens with a bang and concludes with an exhilarating roar. Read more

Jessica Herndon, Associated Press: Edwards' version of "Godzilla" remains the ultimate monster movie. The legacy has been upheld. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice: 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. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: America's newest Godzilla is the feel-good movie of the year. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: This Godzilla is ready for his close-up, and he looks pretty great in Imax 3-D. Read more