Gojira (1956)

(1954) When a Japanese steamer sinks in flames after the sea seems to erupt, survivors talk of a legendary monster...Godzilla! The picture that started it all, returning to the big screen uncut and uncensored in a dazzling 60th anniversary… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: More than straight monster-movie fare, Gojira offers potent, sobering postwar commentary.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

It's a terse, lean terror with a big, swinging tail.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

Honda's satire is cutting, with several characters resigned to living with the threat of constant cataclysm.

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Mariko McDonald
Film Threat

This is a movie about the devastation experienced in Japan during the war. It just happens to have a giant dino-monster in it.

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Andrew O'Hehir

While the acting is hit-and-miss and the story jumps around somewhat confusingly, Honda's film is a one-of-a-kind experience all the way through, one that stands the test of time better than I had expected.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Seen afresh in this cut, with Honda's pulp poetry restored, this ballad of destruction reveals itself as one of the most exciting, enjoyable and moving of them all.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Beautifully restored 2014 version titled "Godzilla: The Japanese Original" screened. Despite the film's obvious and dated special effects, it remains a potent metaphor.

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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice

Clever storytelling manages to confront tragedy from any number of angles, and sometimes swinging at it from the side can be the most affecting.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Honda may not have created the most convincing-looking monster in cinema history, but he managed to give his sci-fi/horror movie a social relevance, particularly in postwar Japan.

Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine

Rarely has the open wound of widespread devastation been transposed to celluloid with greater visceral impact.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
With a score that will leaving you cheering, miniatures that will literally make your heart race into believing it is real, "Gojira" (Godzilla) is… More
Alex roy
The 1954 Japanese monster film, Gojira aka Godzilla is a landmark picture. Like King Kong, which was released in 1933, this movie set the standards for a new… More
Edward Boxler
There ain't nothing like watching a guy in a rubber suit squashing cardboard buildings. But as silly as its special effects may be in 2014, Gojira is a… More
Zach Brehany
NOTE: This is a rewrite of my review for the original Gojira due to me not liking how I originally wrote that review. I try to not re-review films, but for this… More
AJ Verser
A pretty cool movie, and the start to the entire Godzilla franchise. So, if you like the movies, you really need to go back and watch this one. It's not… More
Christopher Heim
The first movie in the long-running Godzilla series, before it got re-edited and re-titled as "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" when it came to… More

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