(1954)

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Metascore

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100
Not that Honda's original Godzilla is a message movie first and foremost. It's a horror flick, and an ingenious one at that, with visual effects so vivid that gimmicky spin-offs became an enduring staple of popular film.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Godzilla is still the most awesome of tacky movie monsters.
88
A definitive, low-tech stomping of every sci-fi clone that has sprung up in the original's wake.
78
Is it classic cinema? Perhaps not, but then again, American shores and citizens have never been lacerated by atomic weapons. What do we know?
75
A new restoration takes a flawed bit of monster camp and turns it back into a strong, serious-minded and occasionally moving science-fiction film.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Half a century after its release, Godzilla couldn't be more current.
75
New York Daily News
The monster's mashing of Tokyo looks as Ed Wood-like as ever, but the film's humanity gives it depth.
63
ReelViews
The arrival of the uncut Godzilla is a great boon to monster movie fans, but will have limited appeal to others.
50
While the Raymond Burr sequences and the subsequent clumsy English dubbing of the remaining Japanese footage made the U.S. version an unintentionally funny movie, the complete Japanese version is an unfunny bore.
38
Chicago Sun-Times
Regaled for 50 years by the stupendous idiocy of the American version of Godzilla, audiences can now see the original Japanese version, which is equally idiotic.

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