Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
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Filmed in 1954 as Gojira, this grandaddy of all Japanese giant-reptile epics was picked up for American distribution two years later, at which time several newly filmed inserts, featuring Raymond Burr as reporter Steve Martin, were rabetted into the original footage. In both the Japanese and American versions of Godzilla, the story is basically the same: a 400-foot amphibious monster, brought back to life by underwater nuclear testing, goes on a rampage in a tinker-toy Tokyo. The authorities look on in vain as Godzilla proves more powerful than the army, navy, and air force, while… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Granddaddy of all Japanese monster films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Giant-monster drama is stiff, dated but still a classic."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Americanized version of Gojira is still a kind of classic."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's hard not to chuckle at the fiftieth cutaway to an oddly passive Burr after watching a scene from the Honda original, but this cut shouldn't be dismissed either."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"It looked really good when I was in grade school. Now it's beyond retro."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Not as good as the original Japanese version but still a classic."
‑ KJB, IGN Movies
"Compared to the "Japoteurs" propaganda that was barely a decade out, it's an astonishing leap forward."
‑ Rob Humanick, Suite101.com
"How could you not love the lizard?"
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"The one that started it all. And by all I mean "a series of progressively more atrocious sequels and one abysmal remake.""
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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