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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

critic Reviews

41%
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters delivers spectacular kaiju action -- and reaffirms that cutting-edge effects are still no substitute for a good story.
  • Oliver JonesObserver
    The classic face-off arrives in an emotional vacuum rather than as an earned catharsis; the big fight never feels like a payoff.
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  • David EdelsteinNew York Magazine/Vulture
    This thing is an unholy mess.
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  • Matt Zoller SeitzRogerEbert.com
    Its errors fall mainly under the heading of failing to get out of its own way, and its imperfections are compensated by magnificence.
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  • Matthew RozsaSalon.com
    "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" doesn't need an original story: Like all kaijū movies, it only requires awesome monsters, epic fight scenes and some subtle social commentary.
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  • Anthony LaneNew Yorker
    Dougherty isn't quite sure whether to wow us with the hulking immensity of the action scenes or to wag his finger at us for the environmental hubris of our species.
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  • Matthew LickonaSan Diego Reader
    Budget is not normally the sort of thing you mention in a review, but when you see a film that is almost entirely driven by spectacle and you keep marveling at how slapdash and/or unreal everything looks, you do start to wonder where all the money went.
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  • Rob DeanDaily Grindhouse
    GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS never knows [what type of movie they are telling] and tries throwing all sorts of dead-end plot threads and ineffective emotional beats at the audience.
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  • David LevesleyGQ Magazine [UK]
    This is the sort of film that'll make you think cinema is dead.
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  • Sean ChandlerSean Chandler Talks About
    This is a film that fixes some of the previously problems in this universe. But, it also makes some new mistakes. But, I was never bored and it absolutely delivers the action, mayhem, and destruction you want from the genre.
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  • John NguyenNerd Reactor
    Godzilla: King of the Monsters doesn't hold back on the big monster fights, and it's definitely the best Godzilla film to date from Hollywood.
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