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(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 restoration.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"It's a terse, lean terror with a big, swinging tail."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Honda's satire is cutting, with several characters resigned to living with the threat of constant cataclysm."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Beautifully restored 2014 version titled "Godzilla: The Japanese Original" screened. Despite the film's obvious and dated special effects, it remains a potent metaphor."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"I would be surprised if any recent digital monster proves as malleable and as enduring as this great gorilla-whale (goriro + kujira = Gojira, AKA Godzilla) who created an entire genre."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"I'm waiting for the reboot that makes use of the meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi for its metaphorical roots."
‑ Rob Humanick, Suite101.com
"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."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"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."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Rarely has the open wound of widespread devastation been transposed to celluloid with greater visceral impact."
‑ Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
"This Criterion edition is the textbook definition of "must-own," provided you're a serious horror fan."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Alternates between the majestic evocation of modernist shock and the primitivist illusionism of someone in a baggy lizard suit tearing through a diorama"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Clever storytelling manages to confront tragedy from any number of angles, and sometimes swinging at it from the side can be the most affecting."
‑ Zachary Wigon, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"A masterpiece: even in its most generic elements, it's never just a monster movie, but a fantastic depiction of how humans survive and struggle."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"For all its rubbery fakeness and sometimes silly plotting, the film nevertheless cuts right to the bone of nuclear anxiety"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"one of the all time greatest monster movies"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
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