Godzilla: King of the Monsters Reviews

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May 31, 2019
The classic face-off arrives in an emotional vacuum rather than as an earned catharsis; the big fight never feels like a payoff.
May 31, 2019
This thing is an unholy mess.
May 31, 2019
Its errors fall mainly under the heading of failing to get out of its own way, and its imperfections are compensated by magnificence.
May 31, 2019
"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.
May 31, 2019
At... moments you feel like you're in the trippiest of David Attenborough docs.
May 31, 2019
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.
May 30, 2019
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.
Top Critic
May 30, 2019
A parade of painterly beauty shots of its various creatures-just enough to cut a few good trailers, and this movie's trailers have been fantastic-with a whole lot of nothing in between.
May 30, 2019
Would you say your reaction to Bradley Whitford shouting "Serizawa got that lizard juiced up!" is positive, negative or neutral?
May 30, 2019
The film is so murky, it looks as though it was put through a dark blue Instagram filter.
May 30, 2019
Unfortunately, "Monsters" tries a little too hard to correct course from what some saw as its predecessor's flaws.
May 30, 2019
"Godzilla: King of the Monsters" is turn-your-brain-off summer fun, and doesn't need to be anything more than that.
May 30, 2019
Whichever, the seat-rattling, super-size mayhem in this latest "Godzilla" is fantastic - emphasis on "fan." Regrettably, though, the human-scale action featuring Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Millie Bobby Brown borders on inane.
May 30, 2019
Credit where it's due: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" is exactly what you think it is, nothing more and nothing less.
May 30, 2019
While it delivers on the sheer brutal beauty of a beast-on-beast tussle, it's a colossal misstep in several ways, from ludicrous dialogue to thin characters to ridiculous plot turns.
May 29, 2019
From its heavy-handed lectures to its beastie battles filmed in Winterfell-level darkness, the new 'MonsterVerse" entry takes this stuff way too seriously.
May 29, 2019
Emerging from the loud, overlong spectacle that is Godzilla: King of the Monsters, I was struck by the disheartening realization that what I had just seen owed more to Transformers than kaiju.
May 29, 2019
Is the picture any good? Uhhh. It's a Godzilla movie. So I'm going to say, "not really."
May 29, 2019
This film hasn't met a scene that it couldn't grind into agonising tedium by staging an expository group discussion about how monsters use sonar, how they travel underground or how they exhibit pack behaviour.
May 29, 2019
On a technical level, all this effort pays off, but there's little sense of an emotional investment to match the financial one.
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