(I) (1998)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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58
Entertainment Weekly
There are some clever and exciting sequences, but this $120 million epic of reconstituted Atomic Age trash lumbers more than it thrills.
50
It probably would have benefited from a 20- to 30-minute trim and, certainly, a smarter script, but the special effects truly are amazing.
40
The year's most eagerly anticipated green-eyed monster finally rears its ugly head, not with his trademark radioactive roar, but a deafening yawn.
40
Empire
Casting aside the forgettable ragbag of a cast, tiptoeing round the leaden script, and avoiding the story's many pot-holes (how come he only breathes fire twice?), Godzilla does provide plenty to look at. But that, for fear of sounding ungrateful, is all.
38
Chicago Sun-Times
A big, ugly, ungainly device to give teenagers the impression they are seeing a movie.
38
ReelViews
The script isn't just "dumbed down," it's lobotomized.
30
For the single-digit age set, Godzilla is sure to be the greatest movie of all time.
25
An overblown action monstrosity with no surprises, no exhilaration and no thrills.
25
Christian Science Monitor
The dialogue is dumb ('zilla has the best lines, "arrrrrggh" and "maaroarrr"), New York is waterlogged, and Godzilla isn't on screen enough.
25
When a movie is nothing but relentless action, there's little chance for dramatic tension to develop.
0
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Watching inept American actors and wishing they were badly dubbed into Japanese isn't any fun at all.

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