Mothra (1961)

Mothra was the third major addition to the Toho Studios' giant-monster stable after Godzilla and Rodan, and the first female beast in the series. The creature begins Ishiro Honda's entertaining film as a giant larva worshipped by… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

For all its daftness, this is kind of a terrific film on its own terms.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Silly Japanese sci-fi that's a classic of its kind.

Sean Axmaker

... a marvelous mix of science fiction, monster movie and adventure fantasy filled with colorful characters and an unmistakable socio-political subtext.

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Dennis Schwartz
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A goofy monster film done with sensitivity.

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Steve Crum

Give me Rodan or Godzilla, but forget a giant moth!

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
One of the best non-Godzilla Toho monster flicks. Not as dark as "Gojira" or "Rodan" but still possesses artistic merit. The special… More
Duncan Ryan-Ross
It's one of Ishiro Honda's more entertaining post-<i>Godzilla</i> monster mashes (certainly better than the painfully dull… More
Luke Baldock
They'd done Godzilla. They'd brought us color monster madness with Rodan. Now Toho continue to improve their Kaiju films with Mothra. Once again… More
Anthony Valletta
One of the better kaij? (giant monster) movies.
John Ballantine
Mothra is always an uncomfortable mix with Godzilla, Rodan and the rest of them. Someone once commented suggested to me that Mothra could do no better than… More