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Roland Emmerich

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Plot Summary

Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing westward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla(r) then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. Even with the combined forces of the U.S. military to fight the monster, will it be enough to save the people of New York?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 74
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 62
  • Average Rating: 4.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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? – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Dec 5, 2014

Rotten: Despite some clever and exciting sequences, though, this $120 million epic of reconstituted Atomic Age trash... lumbers more than it thrills. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Nov 11, 2014

Rotten: Despite all the flash and filigree, this monster movie is curiously - and conspicuously - lacking in heart. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Dec 11, 2014

Rotten: "Godzilla"... is an overblown action monstrosity with no surprises, no exhilaration and no thrills. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec 11, 2014

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Customer Reviews


The hype of an American Godzilla film sold me with the trailers and the marketing campaign. But when the beast was revealed it was an Iguana not Godzilla, gone is his atomic breath which dismayed me a lot and also having him nesting baby zillas. Though the chase scenes were thrilling and had me gripping on the edge-of-my seat it still was lacking the character of how Godzilla should be presented. Matthew Broderick and Hank Azaria delivered fine performances which compensated this much maligned take on the monster film, Ironically, the marketing campaign of this movie is 10 times better than the actual film. However, I'm still somewhat glad that Hollywood made a bold attempt to make an American Godzilla film even if the results were not that satisfying. Devlin and especially Emmerich broke the rule of adapting a film franchise which is not to mess with the basics, even if its your own take.

It's not a Godzilla movie but it rocks.

Despite the title, this is not a Godzilla movie. It's an American movie monster with the same name. But it's still an awesome movie. Check it out!

it's not horrible but it's not good either

I am a huge fan of the original 1954 Japanese masterpiece Gojira. It was a film depicting the devastation and consequences of man's ignorance. Godzilla represented the consequences of war and the consequences of nuclear weapons. And it worked. The film was successful, spawning numerous movies.

Now in 1998 Godzilla hit theaters in america. and I must say how disappointed I was when I saw this film. Now I will point out that this is not a god awful film. But it is far from being any good. My biggest problem is that the monster Godzilla in this movie, is not really a threat in this movie. It is handled like he is more of an annoyance rather than a threat to humanity. Godzilla is suppose to be an unstoppable force to punish mankind.

Another thing that bothered me was the characters in this movie. The characters are not likable and they are poorly casted (Matthew Brodrick) need I say more? It just seemed like there was no effort put into the characters to make them likable or relatable. And that romance plot just does not go well at all because the characters are poorly done. In the original Gojira, the characters were relatable and likable. the most noticeable and complex would be Dr. Serizawa. He was interesting and you did feel a sorry for him. That is development. In this movie there is no development whatsoever.

The final thing that bothered me was Godzilla himself. I was expecting Godzilla be awesome. But they messed up big time in this movie. Godzilla is a coward in this movie it runs away from the military. Godzilla's atomic breath is absent . and Godzilla lays eggs. That subplot was unnecessary. I felt as if this movie was more of a Jurassic Park rip off than a Godzilla movie. Certain scenes reminded me too much of Jurassic Park or The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms . Godzilla even looks like a design for Jurassic Park dinosaur . Now don't get me wrong I do like the design, it is rather cool looking. However it just doesn't work for me as Godzilla

Despite it's major flaws. it is a enjoyable film for what it is. It's not Godzilla but is is a good monster film. if you are into explosions, destruction and pure entertainment. You will like this film. I wish this film would have captured the spirit and heart that the original Gojira had, but hopefully Legendary Pictures will get the heart and feel of the original Gojira that stomped into theaters almost 60 years ago.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1998

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