Godzilla (1998)

Toho's fire-breathing monster is back, but his roar is the only thing that hasn't changed. The computer-generated Godzilla threatens to destroy NY, managing to escape the military by hiding underground. Eventually Godzilla's… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 20, 1998
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2000
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Despite some clever and exciting sequences, though, this $120 million epic of reconstituted Atomic Age trash... lumbers more than it thrills.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

"Godzilla"... is an overblown action monstrosity with no surprises, no exhilaration and no thrills.

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Nell Minow

Yhe movie sorely misses the quirky charm of "Independence Day's" Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum and the story never captures the heart.

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Joe Leydon

Despite all the flash and filigree, this monster movie is curiously - and conspicuously - lacking in heart.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

The only question worth asking about this $120 million wad of popcorn is a commercial one. How much further will the dumbing down of the event movie have to go before the audience stops buying tickets?

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John Hoyle
Christian Science Monitor

Save your seven bucks and visit the Big Apple's other green giant, Lady Liberty.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

After a promising start, the movie falls apart almost as soon as Godzilla arrives in Manhattan.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

You have to absorb such a film, not consider it. But my brain rebelled, and insisted on applying logic where it was not welcome.

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Josh Larsen

The picture's fatal flaw is its inability to give us any consistent sense of Godzilla's size."

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Shlock artiste Emmerich regurgitates his "blockbuster" formula and directs a bigger, leaner, CGI generated, fire breathing lizard from traditional… More
Film Crazy
Godzilla is an average horror, action movie and although i found it very entertaining just as a light hearted not to serious movie, it is just an average movie… More
KJ Proulx
Humanity is thrown out the window, real laughs are impossible to find and this film is too bad to have fun laughing at it's sheer dumbness. I felt insulted… More
Phil Hubbs
Hmmm very dodgy US update of the classic Tokyo destroying lizard. Its a rip of so many ideas, and the little baby zillas make it even worse, almost… More
Edward Boxler
In one scene, Matthew Broderick buys pregnancy tests from the local store and uses them to find out Godzilla is...pregnant. He deduces it's because… More
Aj V
A very American, and modernized retelling/remake of Godzilla. Although it's yet another film in the Godzilla series, which has way too many versions as it… More