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Godzilla (1998)



Critic Consensus: Without compelling characters or heart, Godzilla stomps on everything that made the original (or any monster movie worth its salt) a classic.

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Toho's fire-breathing monster is back, but his roar is the only thing that hasn't changed. The computer-generated Godzilla threatens to destroy NY, managing to escape the military by hiding underground. Eventually Godzilla's babies hatch in Madison Square Garden where they run amok for awhile. The film is complete with a cheesy romance.

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Jean Reno
as Philippe Roache
Matthew Broderick
as Nick Tatopoulos
Michael Lerner
as The Mayor
Kevin Dunn
as Colonel Hicks
Doug Savant
as Sgt. O'Neal
Harry Shearer
as Charles Caiman
Vicki Lewis
as Dr. Elsie Chapman
Malcolm Danare
as Dr. Mendel Craven
Lorry Goldman
as Gene--Mayor's Aide
William O'Leary
as Military Communications Guy (uncredited)
Philippe Bergeron
as Jean-Claude
Frank Bruynbroek
as Jean-Pierre
François Giroday
as Jean-Philippe
Ralph Manza
as Old Fisherman
Greg Callahan
as Governor
Chris Ellis
as General Anderson
Nancy Cartwright
as Caiman's Secretary
Richard Gant
as Admiral Phelps
Jack Moore
as Leonard
Stephen Xavier Lee
as Lt. Anderson
Bodhi Elfman
as Freddie
Lloyd Kino
as Japanese Tanker Cook
Toshi Toda
as Japanese Tanker Captain
Clyde Kusatsu
as Japanese Tanker Skipper
Masaya Kato
as Japanese Tanker Crew Member
Glenn Morshower
as Kyle Terrington
Lola Pashalinski
as Pharmacist
Rob Fukuzaki
as WIDF Co-Anchor
Dale Harimoto
as WKXI Anchor
Gary W. Cruz
as WFKK Anchor
Derek Webster
as Utah Captain
Stuart Fratkin
as Utah Ensign
Frank Cilberg
as Utah Sailor
Roger McIntyre
as Utah Sailor
David Pressman
as Anchorage Captain
Robert Faltisco
as Anchorage Ensign
Chris Maleki
as Anchorage Ensign
Scott Lusby
as Anchorage Ensign
Alex Dodd
as Anchorage Sailor
Terence Winter
as Apache Pilot
Kirk Geiger
as Apache Pilot
Pat Mastroianni
as Apache Pilot
Eric Saiet
as Apache Pilot
Burt Bulos
as Apache Pilot
Robert Floyd
as Apache Pilot
Seth Peterson
as Apache Pilot
Jamison Yang
as F-18 Pilot
Nathan Anderson
as F-18 Pilot
Mark Munafo
as F-18 Pilot
Dwight Schmidt
as F-18 Pilot
Dwayne Swingler
as Raven Pilot No. 2
Greg Collins
as Soldier on Bridge
James Black
as Soldier
Paul Ware
as Soldier
Montae Russell
as Soldier on Plane
Christopher Carruthers
as Radio Technician
Daniel Pearce
as Radio Technician
Mark Fite
as Radio Operator
Eric Paskel
as Rodgers
Lee Weaver
as Homeless Guy
Leonard Termo
as Homeless Guy
Al Sapienza
as Taxi Cab Driver
Stoney Westmoreland
as Tunnel Guard
Gary Warner
as Gun Technician
Ed Wheeler
as New York Cop
Bill Hoag
as New Jersey Cop
Joseph Badalucco Jr.
as Forklift Driver
Jonathan Dienst
as Field Reporter
Raymond Ramos
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Godzilla

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (17)

The sole purpose of this product was to make more money than anything else before it, generate a reflexive response immune to critical and public opinion, then let it creep back to the mediocre-sea.

April 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Yhe movie sorely misses the quirky charm of "Independence Day's" Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum and the story never captures the heart.

December 11, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

Despite some clever and exciting sequences, though, this $120 million epic of reconstituted Atomic Age trash... lumbers more than it thrills.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: C+

Violent updated classic could be too intense for young kids.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Despite all the flash and filigree, this monster movie is curiously - and conspicuously - lacking in heart.

November 27, 2008
Top Critic

After a promising start, the movie falls apart almost as soon as Godzilla arrives in Manhattan.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Godzilla


Shlock artiste Emmerich regurgitates his "blockbuster" formula and directs a bigger, leaner, CGI generated, fire breathing lizard from traditional home stomping ground Japan to New York City where we discover ... but that would be telling. Jean Reno is the most fun as the Frenchman in the Big Apple. This film is one of my guilty pleasures.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Humanity is thrown out the window, real laughs are impossible to find and this film is too bad to have fun laughing at it's sheer dumbness. I felt insulted by this film, because Emmerich has a little more talent than this and this film focusses on too much dumb humour when it's supposed to be thrilling. The cast in this film is fine, but the way they react to everything is hilariously bad, the direction is sloppy, the camerawork is unfocussed, and the script is honestly one of the worst I've seen in a long time. This remake of "Godzilla" did not need to happen and it should never have happened. Sure the technicalities of the film show in certain moments, and for it's time I'm sure it pleased a lot of people, but to me, it's complete Hollywood trash at it's finest. It doesn't even work as a guilty pleasure. I'm fine with other people liking this film, but it's one of the worst I've ever seen!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

In one scene, Matthew Broderick buys pregnancy tests from the local store and uses them to find out Godzilla is...pregnant. He deduces it's because Godzilla is asexual, to which his girlfriend replies, "where's the fun in that." This is an example of how remarkably lame and poorly constructed this film is. Dismissing the fact the monster keeps changing size as well as stupid Mayor Ebert and his sidekick Gene (way to bash the critics Roland Emmerich), Godzilla is a lame studio attempt to cash in on the Jurassic Park craze by using an established brand. But like Xander Harris said, Matthew Broderick killed a big, dumb lizard that was NOT Godzilla.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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