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Godzilla

1998
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
2h 19m
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Rated 09 Apr 2009
0
15th
An expensive, but dull, remake of the first Godzilla movie, in which the monster is a baddie; unlike the Japanese original, the lizard king is here created by computer graphics; it is the remainder of the cast who seem to be played by men in rubber suits.
Rated 17 Dec 2006
29
7th
What a pile of garbage this movie is, not even Jean Reno could save it. Roland Emmerich is a poor-man's Michael Bay.
Rated 01 Jul 2009
30
5th
I took two things away from this movie, That the French are bad for creating Godzilla and that the American military would have a hard time finding Godzilla and his kaiju-fascist nest hiding in the hills of Manhatten. And boredom. Three things! And a low groaning noise. Four things!
Rated 09 Apr 2021
50
21st
Big and stupid. No I’m not describing Godzilla 1998 I’m describing me clicking play on this knowing what was ahead. If you have to hide everything in your movie with rain maybe you shouldn’t make the movie. I’d still take big bad stupid 90s blockbusters over today’s almost every single time. Introducing Broderick driving like an idiot was too bold, but luckily there were no mothers with their daughters for him to obliterate.
Rated 12 May 2014
20
1st
90's remake fodder with no redeeming value. Please note: If you do a big budget monster movie then for fuck's sake invest some of that budget into CGI effects and not shit promo music videos by one hit wonders. They would have been better off having Broderick jam his hand up the ass of a Godzilla puppet with action scenes comprised of matchbox cars and toy soldiers in front of a green screen. Emmerich didn't do jack shit with Jean Reno either. This is total ass and Emmerich sucks a fat cock.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
0
4th
Too long, too unoriginal, too many shitty writers, but not enough plot or story that actually makes it interesting. Matthew Broderick hit an all time low here.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
11th
When the best thing about your movie is a Green Day song spliced with Godzilla roars, it's time to fold up the director's chair and call it a day.
Rated 11 Jun 2008
4
0th
Unbearable even in Tv while having your lunch. Sub-par effects, a plot coming out of a stoned-mind, ludicrous french critcism about the nucleatr testing( multimillion dollar movies have big shot backers right), Worst part is it wasnot even silly enough to become funny.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
24
7th
Wow this movie sucked!
Rated 15 Jul 2013
52
12th
It's Titopoulos.
Rated 21 Apr 2013
30
12th
Has the distinction not only of foreshadowing major destruction in New York City, but of depicting the response of the French state apparatus as more rational than the American. The fact the commercial and critical success of this movie was not greater than what it was is wholly attributable to this decision. And to the fact that the plot depends on celebrating the extermination of an endangered species, and the murder of two hundred baby animals along with it. Not too bad as a kids' movie.
Rated 07 Dec 2009
10
3rd
Stupid, stupid, stupid. Watch as Godzilla grows and shrinks through-out the movie. Also note the moronic helicopter pilots, that are chased down by Godzilla, instead of just flying upwards. Idiots all.
Rated 24 Feb 2007
27
16th
Trying to make Godzilla serious just does not work. Jean Reno is pretty awesome though and the only good part about this movie.
Rated 03 Feb 2012
18
1st
I tried to watch this for laughs and couldn't even finish it. It was nice of them to cast Matthew Broderick's wife as the monster though.
Rated 30 Sep 2014
42
18th
True story I saw this at a drive in and my mom bought me a light up Godzilla shirt beforehand and I was like a godking at school that day.
Rated 02 Aug 2020
45
20th
'Independence Day' but Godzilla and not aliens.
Rated 17 Mar 2011
10
6th
9 years old and I remember thinking this is completely ridiculous.
Rated 01 May 2020
10
2nd
Godzilla would never be killed by jets.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
59
21st
There could have been great things done with Godzilla, but instead this was done. It's awful, and it's probably going to prevent future attempts at an Americanized Godzilla for at least a while. I mean, c'mon, he never really goes away. Even the movie's fun cast couldn't save it. Crap!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
51
29th
Mediocre
Rated 28 Apr 2009
5
1st
A Godzilla-movie that desperately wants to be taken seriously = automatic fail
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
5th
Digital effects alone don't make a film. Features a remarkably awful performance by Jean Reno.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
20
16th
I really liked this big-budget take on Godzilla as a child, but seeing it again just soils those memories. It's pretty much just a string of scenes leading up to the next big budget expendature. The Godzilla CGI model they used for some of it was pretty good though.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
6th
Really boring action. A botched move.
Rated 10 Jan 2008
30
16th
Terrible, but entertaining (as Emerich usually is).
Rated 13 Feb 2016
14
1st
OH SHIT PUFF DADDY AND THAT GUY FROM THE WHO DID A SONG TOGETHER!
Rated 23 Aug 2009
5
2nd
Pure suckage, plain and simple
Rated 23 Sep 2008
17
7th
This was pretty awesome when I was a member of its target demographic: 11-year-old boys. Seeing it now only reminds me what an idiot I was when I was 11 years old. That, and what an idiot Roland Emmerich was when he was 43 years old. Luckily one of us has gotten smarter since then. But I will say this: Mayor Ebert, a dead-ringer for Roger who even flashes the trade-mark thumbs, gave me a chuckle. That's about all that I can commend, from memory. The rest is...well, the less said the better.
Rated 02 Sep 2008
35
10th
So remember the big fuss at keeping the giant lizard secret until its release? Now it's in a Dorito's commercial. And so it is with another Emmerich destructo-porn. At this rate I'm hoping for an ID4 alien guzzling Diet Pepsi for an unsuspecting public (with or without Janet Jackson is my only unknown). But seriously. This film is worse than the chopped-up anglofied original '60's release. Why, Jean Reno? Why?
Rated 05 Mar 2012
10
0th
Horrible idiotic film, I didn't care if the city was destroyed or not, in fact I would've liked to see them get destroyed and Godzilla die of natural causes. Worst of all it leaves an "open end"... I can't think of someone wanting to do a sequel of a terrible film, but then I think of "Transformers"
Rated 16 Jan 2009
13
18th
Ew! Matthew Broderick in this = Fail.
Rated 18 May 2011
30
0th
Expensive stinker. Oh Ferris, where did it go wrong?
Rated 16 Dec 2006
25
5th
What a waste of time and energy this was. It fails at everything it tries to do, other than the look of Godzilla himself (or is it herself?).
Rated 19 Aug 2011
20
6th
the "giant" iguanas from the original flash gordon serials have more of the true spirit of godzilla than this movie. putting that aside, and imagining this movie is titled "Iguana", it's still a terrible film overstuffed with moments stolen from jurassic park and irritating 90s references and jokes. i tried desperately to look past all of that and just enjoy a giant...whatever...stomping through new york...but even those scenes aren't thrilling.
Rated 23 May 2015
35
10th
Half the cast are Simpsons regulars. If they'd gone all out and actually had this animated as a Simpsons movie, it would still have been a lot dumber than your average 90s Simpsons episode, but at least we would have gotten a scene of Homer bashing Godzilla over the head screaming "WHY... WON'T... YOU... DIE?" The fact that we don't even get this makes me dislike the movie even more.
Rated 03 Jan 2009
65
26th
Critics dog-piled this movie. It was like they all wanted to be the one who said the worst things about it. It wasn't the worst thing since Hitler, it just wasn't especially good.
Rated 15 May 2007
81
26th
"ISA GOZIRRA!"
Rated 16 Nov 2017
3
5th
It's classically captivating pre-monster when you're wondering with fear and awe along with the science/military team what could've caused this destruction; this period doesn't last long, unfortunately, shifting to a barrage of mostly tiresome action sequences that are overcome in no way by the dumb plot (why didn't they just blow it up with missiles in the first place?), cringe-worthy character work (Pitillo puts in a poor performance), and bland one-liners ("Running would be a good idea").
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
2nd
Matthew Broderick isn't good at all in this. When that's the only thing I remember about this movie, except the way Godzilla looked, and that there were little Godzillas running around, then that's bad.
Rated 28 Feb 2008
52
23rd
neutral.
Rated 19 Jul 2009
77
53rd
Gojira
Rated 31 Mar 2010
85
48th
i probably only like it so much cuz one of the first movies i saw in theaters, sweet for its time tho
Rated 13 Feb 2014
43
18th
Only so high because of nostalgia. I'm sorry.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
33
3rd
Needlessly protracted and incredibly stupid. The movie has no imagination and shamelessly steals from Jurassic Park. Also, it is hardly ever exciting due to the fact that most of the action revolves around Godzilla fighting nameless generic army men who no ones cares about.
Rated 06 May 2012
15
2nd
COME WIT ME
Rated 13 Aug 2008
65
3rd
The American counter to Japan making King Kong movies. Poorly written, not particularly well acted (surprising, given the very talented cast), seems to take itself a little too seriously. And when a sci fi film takes itself seriously, it had better be something special (2001, Alien) or it will end up looking silly. This ended up looking silly.
Rated 11 Feb 2008
25
0th
Awful.
Rated 02 Mar 2013
20
7th
Godzilla is a complete waste of time for you, and for everyone who made it. While it might not keep the same spirit of the Japanese films, that doesn't matter to me. It's a boring monster movie, which is the one thing that it can't be. You can forgive everything else in this type of movie as long as the monster and its destruction is fun. That's not the case here, and since everything else is just so terrible, this is one movie you must skip.
Rated 11 Aug 2012
3
3rd
I know the original Godzilla movies weren't anything special in the plot department, but this remake's storyline was just mind-numbingly dumb. The effects -- which didn't age well at all -- and too-long running time don't help things, either. I can't help but feel sorry for Matthew Broderick.
Rated 24 Sep 2007
78
67th
Big Lizard kickin ass....
Rated 13 Jul 2012
6
29th
I can't say this was a good movie, but all I know is that child-me was obsessed.
Rated 21 Oct 2007
15
4th
I bought this for 5 dollars in the 5 dollar Wal-Mart bin. I wasted 5 dollars. This movie is the biggest Hollywood blunder of the 1990's. What a suck show.
Rated 12 Jun 2014
3
31st
Unlike its most recent American incarnation, I can at least say that the main monster [Godzilla? No, no it isn't] is the star of this movie, and everything in the last half is immensely enjoyable schlock.
Rated 05 Aug 2010
5
44th
só por causa dos beijos no sofá com o Dedé!!!! hhahahahaha era o único que prestava depois que meu pai dormiaaa!!!!
Rated 21 Jan 2009
50
25th
Godamn you Roland Emmerich. The recent news of you directing a Foundation movie has made me hate you. If you somehow manage to pull it off, I will take it all back.
Rated 21 Oct 2010
65
13th
Remakes can sometimes be better... in this case it wasn't.
Rated 20 Apr 2007
10
10th
I hate remakes of old movies. Matthew Broderick hasn't made a good movie since Ferris Buellers Day Off.
Rated 04 Nov 2009
30
10th
Mala
Rated 20 Mar 2021
52
11th
Starts well, with a nice balance of Emmerich's signature heavy handed silliness matched against a convincing evocation of the monster via late 90s CGI. Becomes progressively more numbing once the "INDEPENDENCE DAY but with GODZILLA" premise is established, with much chaotic action but little coherence; just as things appear to be wrapping up, it becomes "GODZILLA – THE NEXT GENERATION"! Broderick, Azaria and Reno are all fine, but none of the rest of the cast really stick in the memory.
Rated 19 Jan 2013
48
25th
Disaster movie #908: Big Monster
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
8th
You can dress up a pile of dogcrap however you like -- sprinkle glitter on it, add a ribbon -- but all you'll have is a pretty pile of dogcrap.
Rated 27 Feb 2010
80
52nd
Fuck the haters, this movie is great.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
87th
I haven't seen this in quite a few years, but I remember it being pretty darned good. Very Jurassic Park-esque though.
Rated 29 May 2012
42
8th
Quite objectively bad in most respects but watchable with it. Somehow it was a pretty enjoyable ride in the cinema but is approximately half as impressive on whatever small screen you might see it on since.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
70
27th
There are some good action sequences but don't watch this movie with a too-critical eye.
Rated 29 Jan 2007
70
86th
i still love the my big monster
Rated 30 Jan 2023
60
42nd
I used to love it as a kid, but as an adult, one sees the issues with the movie. To begin with, I am not a godzilla fan, but this was not a godzilla movie. It was a Jurassic Park inspired adventure movie (the baby zillas being clear raptors rip-off) with heavy American flair and puzzling use of humour. The blue hues and Burton-esque music showed the movie's age and seemed unfitting for a story of a murderous attack. They focus too much on the kid-movie personality humans
Rated 21 Apr 2007
0
6th
Totally unneeded remake of a classic.
Rated 05 Jan 2014
25
3rd
A terrible 'Americanization' of Godzilla that is a soulless husk of a film, let alone a Godzilla film; This film is the reason why there hasn't been another Godzilla film in over a decade, it tainted the franchise. this film is best forgotten, not worth it.
Rated 28 May 2007
3
9th
That's a lot of fish
Rated 12 Dec 2023
59
14th
Revisiting this childhood obsession of mine (given how much the trailer alone terrified me), I suppose it's unsurprising to find this is bad. The good and bad of such a film is the exact same as other Roland Emmerich joints: the opening 30 mins of tension-setting is fine enough, then the destruction parts are fun and well designed. But then there's the second half of the film, a totally dead and boring slog to survive through, this time with scenes derivative from Jurassic Park that are unfun.
Rated 29 Mar 2011
10
2nd
Its pretty bad when 2 boys under the age of 10 fall asleep in the movie theater during what is an action/thriller sort of movie. I was one of those boys.
Rated 23 May 2010
35
2nd
Sure, I've seen worse mindless action films, but I've also seen much better ones. It's just a series of explosions and manufactured drama stretched out to an interminable run time. Horrid ending that tries to be cute, too. The cheap Ebert and Siskel running joke is the best part.
Rated 28 Mar 2019
15
8th
Stupidly, what bothered me the most is how everyone refers to the monster as "he", merely as a setup to going " OMG, HE'S a SHE!!?" It's a giant fucking lizard, who the fuck wouldn't call it an it besides some obsessed reptilian enthusiast who can determine its sex by its genital slit.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
20th
Japaneese movie was far much better.
Rated 12 Jul 2008
40
13th
Dismal.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
21
6th
The casting of Broderick is puzzling not that that is the real issue with why this film is so bad. Ninja Godzilla managing to hide is pretty classic.
Rated 03 Sep 2009
45
25th
Not sure which was worse; the terrible Jimmy Page collaboration with Puff Daddy to use the Kashmir-riff for the main song used for the film, or the film itself. Think I'm going to have to go with the song here. Shame on you, Jimmy Page.
Rated 13 Feb 2017
48
37th
Godzilla falls into Hollywood producers hands and given to directer Roland Emmerich to follow up his 50s alien B-movie homage "Independence Day"(1996). Where Mathew Broderick, a biologist is brought into the military's efforts to stop the gigantic mutated CGI monstrosity. A monster movie filled with nothing but comedic relief as the cast of "The Simpsons" takes on not "Jurassic Park" rip-off CGI velociraptors. Similar to "Batman & Robin"(1997) level of stinky cheese to an iconic character.
Rated 31 Aug 2007
65
25th
Kind of cheesy. at least they tried ot make it more realistic and gritty.
Rated 21 Jul 2009
1
11th
Takes a classic film and turns it into a bland disaster movie that plays entirely by every cliche in the book. Avoid at all costs.
Rated 31 May 2008
11
8th
I liked the monster, but movies itself was painful to watch.
Rated 08 Mar 2009
64
2nd
Godzilla has a incredible story on movies in Japan, but Hollywood always know how to ruin a great story... Only what they need is a little money. Saved by one of my favorite actors: Jean Reno, and somehow by the eternal Ferris Buller, Matthew Brodderick
Rated 17 Sep 2008
10
5th
intromusikken er det eneste der er godt ved denne film
Rated 28 Apr 2009
85
34th
Very rough, but carried along by a great monster and an interestingly offbeat tone.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
2nd
Why buy the name if you're not going to carry on its traditions? It's fine if ID4's producers want to whip out a CGI filled half-assed attempted at a monster movie, that's what movies like Eight Legged Freaks are for, but do they have to drag Godzilla down with them? A surprisingly not bad idea for a Kaiju story gone to waste.
Rated 12 Nov 2007
85
55th
i love this movie... i like the sleeker swifter godzilla, but the old one hold a special place.
Rated 12 Apr 2018
10
3rd
A few decent scenes of destruction cannot make up for ~100 minutes of pure cinematic torture.
Rated 29 Nov 2006
40
6th
Can't really remember it. Action cinema, pretty stupid.
Rated 01 Sep 2010
43
3rd
I only saw about half of this movie. It was in theaters and the person I was with got physically ill and we needed to leave. Probably not actually the fault of the movie, but I have my suspicions.
Rated 06 Feb 2023
24
13th
A work of deep Hollywood hubris, narratively shapeless, not really caring about Godzilla as a concept and vaguely embarassed about being asked to, ending up as a weird mashup of a disaster movie, Jurassic Park, and some military-action thing, with an even broader cast of flat stereotypes than Independence Day. I honestly quite like this version of Godzilla, as an idea - focused on stealth and dexterity and posing a broader existential threat than most. But the movie, as a movie, Does Not Work.
Rated 12 Nov 2014
24
2nd
Demonstrably fails to understand Godzilla. Or film in general.
Rated 07 Nov 2010
38
12th
Godzilla just done got raped in the ass.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
70
9th
The zipper costume was more believable
Rated 28 Nov 2009
58
24th
Not bad. One of the ultimate cheesy 90's monster thrillers. Not a touch on Jurassic Park though. Also, why do I feel like Jeff Goldblum is in it?
Rated 23 Mar 2013
31
16th
The main issues with this film are that the monster's reveal is ruined by shitty CGI (they have no excuse here, this was made 5 years after Jurassic Park), the military operation was one of the most incompetent ever run (oh damn, shot down the Chrysler building), and it was long enough to become boring (not something that should happen with a giant monster action movie). That being said, I did enjoy the scenes with just Jean Reno and Matthew Broderick, and it does have a few redeeming features.
Rated 06 Jul 2012
75
85th
While I don't really consider this a "true" Godzilla movie I do honestly feel that it's a big loud Fun movie to watch with friends.
Rated 05 Jan 2009
65
45th
Haha, I guess I like Godzilla too much. It's not very well made but I liked it. Grade: B-
Rated 09 May 2016
8
6th
It would have been awesome if the real Godzilla showed up in this movie and just wrecked the shit out of the awful protagonists, the disastrous plot, and the lame-ass monster that is usurping his name.
Rated 03 Mar 2007
80
63rd
A very surprisingly believable adaptation that truly keeps the viewer captivated.

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