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Reviews: Godzilla (2014)

godzillaReviews for this film from our members:

  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: Godzilla 2014 leaves me conflicted because there is enough good to tease me with what the film could have been. So in the end, I feel that despite its numerous shortcomings, “Godzilla 2014” is worth seeing simply for the title character.
  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Alle prese con una megaproduzione internazionale con set in tutto l’Oceano Pacifico, Edwards si è scelto un cast di attori di primissimo livello, impegnati purtroppo a recitare la sceneggiatura piuttosto prevedibile di Max Borenstein.
  • [New – 10/9/14] | Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Nova inkarnacija japanske pop-ikone predstavlja jedno od najvecih filmskih razocaranja godine.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: I fell asleep during it. It should have been called “Muto, with Special Guest Star Godzilla”.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Gareth Edwards cambia de liga y sube al primer nivel comercial con una producción que respeta sus bases y presenta un impecable diseño, pero que resulta poco dinámica en buena parte de su desarrollo. Y el reparto es bastante plano.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Shockingly enough, considering its worn-out pedigree, Godzilla doesn’t feel cynical; there’s a sense of joy to the picture, of honest-to-God fun, which separates it from many of its summer movie brethren.
  • Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Matt Brown @ Twitch
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: I expect more Godzilla in my “Godzilla” movie.
  • Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: When Godzilla finally makes his appearance on the eastern side of the Pacific he’s like the big bungling uncle you have great affection for, but don’t want to get too close to your china cabinet. He’s a magnificent creation…
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: This is where Godzilla starts to come unstuck, because Aaron Taylor-Johnson is not a compelling screen presence. You could describe him as “chameleonic”, but only in the sense that he’s so bland that he fades into the background and after a couple of seconds you forget you’re even looking at a person.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: All the IMAX and 3D in the world cannot get you to feel the direct experience of living in a world where gigantic creatures walk the Earth alongside you, indiscriminately stomping on folks as they go about their business. But damned if Edwards isn’t going to try and make you feel the way you would.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Aburrida, pero tan espectacular que merece la pena.
  • Michael Dequina @ TheMovieReport.com
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The latest version of “Godzilla” proves what men worry about one particular adage: size does matter. If nothing else, this is by far the biggest, loudest and most spectacular version of the kitsch pop culture icon. It also stays far closer to the radioactive lizard’s roots than Roland Emmerich’s ill-conceived 1998 take on the property, and deserves some credit for that if nothing else.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Yes, it’s disappointing that the latter half of the film can’t maintain the emotional core of the prior, but even so, Godzilla remains a human story of a more general variety.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Slick and spectacular, it’s most memorable for its mythic monster visual effects.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Edwards knows how to sharpen his effects to a point for some powerful, climactic moments, as in the finale’s cunningly delayed introduction for his most salient gift, his ability to spit plumes of blue radioactive flame in a manner carefully contrived to reduce every fan to tears of joy.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Gareth Edwards builds to a rousing climax like a conductor manipulating an orchestra as it rises to a crescendo. A symphony cannot be all highs. If it was, then nothing would be.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Elegantly updates the King of All Monsters for the 21st century in ways that have moved with the global zeitgeist. But Hollywood’s tedious myopia means the movie as a whole isn’t quite so beautiful.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: An engaging blend of human drama and epic King of Monsters action.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Doing a passable job of giving us human characters to grab onto, “Godzilla” does more right with its reptilian namesake and overall spectacle in ways that allow the film to nearly stack up against Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking monsters-run-amok movies. It’s enough to make any movie fan blush.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Gawd-zero … Take a lesson, Hollywood. Lightyears ahead of this $160-million boondoggle, the jittery, zero-budget ‘Cloverfield.’
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: In comparison to the terrible 1998 reboot, this new reboot of Godzilla would seem like a masterpiece. The truth may lie somewhere between how much of a fan of monster movies or disaster movies that you are.
  • Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: Ambitious and reverent reboot may not manage to satisfy either purists or modern moviegoing audiences.
  • Piers Marchant @ arkansas democrat-gazette
  • James Marsh @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: British director Gareth Edwards makes his Hollywood debut in jaw-dropping style, bringing Godzilla back to the big screen in a grand scale action adventure that is pitched perfectly between obligatory disaster drama and indulgently delightful monster mash.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Not without flaws, ‘Godzilla’ is the monstrous disaster film you’ve been waiting for.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: It’s not exactly a roaring success what with its inconsistent pace and lacking characterization but it provides old school monster action and spectacle on a fittingly massive scale and in the end that’s what really matters most.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Jana Monji @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: This one is camera-shy and you won’t get to see him until well after the halfway mark. The big scaly creature is also seriously in search of a motivation.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Here there be monsters.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Easily the most entertaining feat of epically portioned redundancy that Hollywood has churned out in some time.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: Despite a paper thin story that occasionally feels muddled Godzilla nevertheless does engage in eye-popping entertainment that sustains the mythical reputation of the gigantic fire-breathing beast. Godzilla, when properly received, is the ultimate dragon-slayer for the skeptical ages.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: The King of the Monsters doesn’t appear until halfway through Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, but that feels just about right in this 2014 franchise reboot that straddles a precarious line between taking the material seriously and catering to series fans by embracing its inherent silliness.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Whether it’s glimpsing the giant marauders through the goggles of a gas mask or via tongue-in-cheek news reports, there is an immediacy and sense of wonder to how Edwards builds to his big reveals. He hasn’t depleted our fascination with his computer-generated creations by the time the monsters go toe to toe and fight claw to claw. His dinosaurs loom large.
  • José M. Robado @ CineCrítico [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Godzilla, por fin, adecuadamente explicado al público occidental.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The new Godzilla teeters uneasily between campy-ness and utter seriousness. The serious parts are nearly fatal to the movie because they drag real-life weight into a movie that doesn’t need it.
  • Diego Salgado @ IGN España [Spanish]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Further evidence that no one in Hollywood knows how to tell a story anymore, “Godzilla” starts out promisingly enough before slipping into a snooze-fest by the end of its first act.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: It has the pea-sized brain of a dinosaur but compensates with an impressive display of sound and fury.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: One of the best monster movies ever!
  • Mel Valentin @ ScreenInvasion.com
    • Excerpt: Big G’s Triumphant Big Screen Return
  • Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 7:33 pm

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