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Dedicated to Tomoyuki Tanaka (1910-1997), who produced the 1954 original and sequels, the Devlin/Emmerich interpretation displays a redesign of Godzilla, now a large lizard mutated after fallout from French nuclear tests. A blinding flash of white light fills the Eastern sky. Thousands of miles away, the Pacific Ocean churns, engulfing a freighter. On another part of the globe, giant footsteps plow a path through miles of Panamanian forests, Tahitian villages, and Jamaican beaches. In the Ukraine, biologist Dr. Niko Tatopoulos (Matthew Broderick), with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The picture's fatal flaw is its inability to give us any consistent sense of Godzilla's size.""
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Violent updated classic could be too intense for young kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Godzilla ... is so poorly written and so un-original that it makes Independence Day sound like Shakespeare."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"...Godzilla literally runs away from battle, and is presented in such a way that the audience is actually supposed to feel sorry for him! I don't think so."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A monster movie with a surprisingly potent moral message."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's just another humdrum monster movie with Godzilla stapled on the marketing for the name recognition."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A great lumbering beast that has no personality, has size but no power."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Where's stock footage of Raymond Burr when you need it?"
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Unspeakably boring and despicable. How anyone could possibly like such a piece of wretched excrement is beyond my comprehension."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"How many shots were embarrassingly copied from Jurassic Park? "Please think of that much better movie while you're watching this one!!""
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Broderick is like the proverbial deer in headlights . . . ."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"This is the view from the end of the world -- we look on the smoking ruin of Manhattan and shrug and eat our popcorn."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"If only one could fast-forward past the idiot characters to the parts where the creature nests in Madison Square Garden, crushes Fifth Avenue and chomps a taxicab."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"If you like your movies big, loud, and shallow, you'll be like a pig in slop."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"GODZILLA poaches a lot of imagery from JURASSIC PARK and then simply amplifies it under its self-promoted precept 'Size Does Matter'"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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