‘Godzilla’ Review Roundup: A Monstrous Waste Of Time?

Fri, May 16, 2014 2:15pm EST by 18 Comments
Godzilla Movie Review Roundup
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The world’s most famous monster is back, but is it packing some bite? ‘Godzilla’ is the latest big budget reboot to hit theaters and it has fans wondering — does the movie do the legendary monster justice?

The reviews are in for the 2014 Godzilla reboot and critics aren’t exactly full of praise for the high-intensity action flick. While the film leaves fans at the edge of their seat just waiting for the big reveal of the 2014 version of the monster, many were left wondering whether it worth a two-hour wait. Read the reviews below!

‘Godzilla’ Review Roundup: Is The Monster Movie A Monstrous Flop?

In come the not-so-loving reviews of Godzilla’s cast. The critics say that the only noteworthy character was Breaking Bad’s leading man Bryan Cranston. The television star made his big screen appearance — in an unbearable wig — as the insane scientist obsessed with finding out the truth about his wife’s death, played by Juliette Binoche. Critics believe Juliette was wasted as a character as she only seemed to make small cameos in the film.

Then there is the very attractive Aaron Taylor-Johnson, whom critics are calling a dull beefcake. Aaron plays a U.S. Navy bomb disposal expert and Bryan’s estranged son. Even with all of the daddy issues going on in the film, there is no onscreen chemistry between the two men to make you even moderately interested in the plot.

‘Godzilla’ Review Roundup: ‘Superbly Made But Burdened By Some Dull Human Characters’

Critics are saying that the entire cast is out-shined onscreen by the monstrous lizard. Although Godzilla makes very few and far between appearances, the monster is most certainly the only reason to go see the movie. Sadly, when he does appear, it is mainly through smoke and rust-colored filters.

So, just what are the reviews saying about the film?

Business Insider

“The problem is that Godzilla gets bogged down in the middle of the film by characters you just never feel 100% invested in.”


“Someone should tell Warner Bros. that when they’ve got a presence as big as Godzilla, they don’t need movie stars, because frankly, who remembers the characters in a rampaging-kaiju movie anyway? Still, just to be safe, the studio has stuffed Gareth Edwards’ deafening, effects-driven reboot with an Oscar winner (Juliette Binoche), three Oscar nominees (Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins and David Strathairn), an Emmy winner (Bryan Cranston) and an Olsen sister, leaving scarcely enough screen time for the monster itself.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Superbly made but burdened by some dull human characters enacted by an interesting international cast who can’t do much with them, this new Godzilla is smart, self-aware, eye-popping and arguably in need of a double shot of cheeky wit.”

The Guardian

“So while many people might want to go to the cinema to see Godzilla, what they get instead is a load of homosapiens desperately trying to put a human face on the drama. They don’t really succeed. A line of actual acting talent – from Bryan Cranston to Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche and Ken Watanabe – is reduced to a series of B-movie tropes.”

What do you think HollywoodLifers? Are you planning on seeing Godzilla despite the tough reviews? Let us know!

– Brittany King

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Posted at 10:35 AM on February 12, 2015  

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Posted at 11:17 AM on October 16, 2014  

What I don’t like about this Godzilla 2014 is the guy who is the 1st scientist in the movie. He is going around and promoting the film to everybody in real life gets killed off right away. How can he promote the movie and then his son takes over in the movie. Were he should be working with the other scientist during the movie helping the other scientist stopping monsters. I have every Godzilla movie that was made this and the other American version that was made of Godzilla was disappointing.

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Posted at 12:56 PM on June 24, 2014  

The 2014 Godzilla Movie really Blew Big-Time. It was a Lousy Movie all the way around. The 1998 Godzilla with Mathew Broderick was a 10. The 2014 Movie isn’t even good enough to rate a 1. They kill off the human star of the movie after the first third of the movie (Bryan Cranston) – that was a mistake. Then you watch half the movie before you even get a glimpse of Godzilla. Then the story line about Godzilla being kept in a Lab from 1999 until present day was not really told – and you had to sort of figure that out. Then the Mothra Monsters – looked like they were Mother and Baby – but they also looked like they were Metallic or made out of metal (Maybe made by the Lab). Then in this movie Godzilla turned out to be the friend of the people instead of the Monster and enemy that they were trying to kill. The other young man that I guess was supposed to be Bryan Cranston’s son and took over the Lead position for the remaining movie was pretty dull and a waste of space in the movie. Plus the story with him and his wife was so sparse it wasn’t even worth putting in the movie. The only good part in the entire movie was the flames coming out of Godzilla’s mouth on 2 occasions. I did not like the Music Soundtrack in the background and it gave a head-ache as it was constant and constantly too loud. Plus there were a lot of Dark Scenes in the Movie. It would have been better with more light so you could see something. The move is Lousy. If you want to see a good Godzilla Movie – go see the 1998 Movie starring Mathew Broderick.

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Posted at 5:55 AM on October 1, 2014  

The 1998 one was absolutely crap, whereas the new one was great, could be better, but much better than the 1998 one.

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Posted at 5:35 PM on October 2, 2014  

I wouldn’t call the 1998 movie a 10, but it was a hell of a lot better than the new one. For a start, it was actually fun, they showed Godzilla for more than 11 minutes and didn’t save everything until the end, the good actor (Jean Reno) was actually used and not put in the film purely to bait the trailers.

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Godzilla 2014 Watch Online

Posted at 4:51 PM on May 31, 2014  

Really i love it!

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Posted at 11:27 PM on May 20, 2014  

I’d never seen a good movie with the word “Godzilla” in the title. Now, I have seen a good one.

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Posted at 11:17 PM on May 19, 2014  

To be honest my main thought was how young where they when they had that kid. I mean the initial scene had the main hero obviously not yet in his teens, time skipped 15 years and suddenly hes got a 5/6 year old child?

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Posted at 11:38 PM on January 27, 2015  

what are you talking about the kid had to be about twelve to thirteen years

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Posted at 6:15 PM on May 18, 2014  

godzilla and transformers team up would be awesome….definitely awesome

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Posted at 11:32 AM on May 17, 2014  

Who cares!! perhaps director has already recovered the cost and running in surplus. Now a days public just need to visit once for a movie; as long as they do. Most of the movies are box office hits….BTW i liked Godzilla acting; he is natural….

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Posted at 11:01 AM on May 17, 2014  

The second half of the movie was awesome – the Big Guy and special effects. I agree HE was not in enough of the movie and truly HE is the star and not the stars. Hopefully the sequel will do justice to the Big Guy because he truly is awesome in this movie.

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jason leo

Posted at 2:52 AM on May 17, 2014  

saw this last night and thought it was terrible. It dragged on for ages leaving me to find issue with a lot whereas usually i am far to busy watching the movie.
to begin with the human cast is dull not helped by the fact cast a ugly kid for the son and lack of chemistry between the gf and “star”. The “star” has zero acting ability and yet the whole film revolves around him saving the day all the time without much emotion. Godzilla looks good whereas the other two monsters are again dull and not scary with square heads and look like they were ripped from the movie the mist. The two main issues I have with the film other than that are the fact that guns have zero effect yet half the film is stupid soldiers firing guns at giant creatures.
including the ridicules moment the Star pulls out a hand gun with the intention of shooting a monster in the head a head the size of a building that is. maybe their special effects budget would not cover SAM,s or RPG,s at the least.
There could be giant creatures at the bottom of the ocean yet this fails to explain why Godzilla turns up kills the bugs saves humanity then swims off. Maybe he got bored of the movie as well and decided it was time to leave.
great if you like watching old Asian monster movies but useless if you thought it was a cinema blockbuster because I would be sad to even watch this on tv

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Posted at 11:25 AM on May 17, 2014  

Jason I so wish I could post this on my Facebook page I couldn’t have said it any better….

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Jake Williams

Posted at 5:15 PM on May 17, 2014  

This comment had more interest, clarity and depth than the actual movie! I can’t understand the overwhelming praise for this endeavor, it really sucked so bad. I am normally quite patient, but I actually dozed off twice at Bored, I mean Ford’s acting prowess. Arnold Schwarzenegger as the terminator had more emotion than this neanderthal. This is the first time I actually wanted to pull out my phone halfway through the movie and read reviews, as to why I got myself into this movie.

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Posted at 7:46 PM on May 16, 2014  

I just wanted to see someone get squashed under his big foot…not a chance :(

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JDC Amane

Posted at 9:13 PM on May 20, 2014  

I wanna to watch “God”, but couldn’t see “God”…

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