BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Godzilla Reviews

By Dr. Know on May 16th, 2014

Critic Reviews for Godzilla

via Rotten Tomatoes

It’s a smooth, sleek, technologically awe-inspiring 3-D blockbuster with a top-shelf cast (speaking middle-to-lower-shelf dialogue most of the time, to be sure, but they do it with style).

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Slate

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Godzilla – both the movie and the big guy – is … something of a lumpy, lumbering great beast of a thing, lurching from city to city, continent to continent, smackdown to smackdown and plot point to plot point …

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

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Edwards’ expertise in the visual effects field manifests itself in the seamlessness of the computer-generated imagery, if not in its extraordinariness.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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It’s a bracing tonic for the bored palate of the mainstream moviegoer, and one of the most intriguing big-budget breakthrough films since Steven Spielberg made “Jaws.”

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Salon.com

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If you’re into superlatives – and who isn’t? – Godzilla conjures the most jaw-dropping giant monster sequences since the original King Kong.

May 15, 2014Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

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Ironically this big, lumbering movie could have used more, not less. More Godzilla without question, and more emotional content for its very good cast too.

May 15, 2014Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

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Equal parts ingenious, muddled, exciting and predictable, Godzilla ultimately seems at war with itself, wanting to deliver thematic substance and artistic wit but beholden to big budget expectations.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The director’s occasional artsy flourishes in Godzilla turn an orgiastic display of mass destruction into wily-smart entertainment.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: MLive.com

MLive.com

Ambitious and reverent reboot may not manage to satisfy either purists or modern moviegoing audiences.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound

Big Picture Big Sound

This monster may not reflect terror and grief over nuclear war, but he sure is fun to watch. And you can bring the kids!

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Patheos

Patheos

Gareth Edward’s “Godzilla” remake is the best creature-feature since Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park”, once again returning awe and wonder to the summer blockbuster season.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: FoxNews.com

FoxNews.com

Godzilla saves the world but can’t save he? she? its? movie.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald

Tri-City Herald

Fun, not cheesy and reinvigorates the iconic monster.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Las Vegas Informer

Las Vegas Informer

Like its monstrous hero, it moves pretty slow, but when it finally gets where it’s going… look out.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Mania.com

Mania.com

Sadly, the most colossal thing about Godzilla is how disappointing it is.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Examiner.com

Examiner.com

If audiences endorse this reboot of the Godzilla tale, we may see a franchise. But if this is a one-off, it is a worthy one, Godzilla has been given his due.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix

There are familiar themes floating around in the epic wreckage. Mainly, though, there are monsters. And they’re pretty great.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Reason Online

Reason Online

A lumbering, self-serious, resoundingly dull stew of cliches, clumsy exposition and seen-‘em-before visual effects.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: 3AW

Key components missing: a point, a sense of awe, serviceable acting, and fun.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

When not crowding the screen with roaring destructosaurs Edwards allows the pace to slow to a meander, so that you can sit back and enjoy the thrill ride before the next sudden dip and weave.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Irish Independent

Irish Independent

Godzilla is a thumpingly good monster movie.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: This is London

This is London

Not just a solidly enjoyable and exciting flick – with not one second of sag – it’s also a strikingly beautiful piece of work.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]

Daily Mirror [UK]

I found the film strangely unthrilling – although rarely less than very, very loud.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]

Daily Mail [UK]

Spectacle is king in Godzilla, a creature feature blockbuster that delivers breathtaking action on an epic scale.

May 16, 2014Full Review Source: Daily Express

Daily Express
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