Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Not that Honda's original Godzilla is a message movie first and foremost. It's a horror flick, and an ingenious one at that, with visual effects so vivid that gimmicky spin-offs became an enduring staple of popular film.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Godzilla is still the most awesome of tacky movie monsters.
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Boston Globe

By Janice Page
A definitive, low-tech stomping of every sci-fi clone that has sprung up in the original's wake.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Is it classic cinema? Perhaps not, but then again, American shores and citizens have never been lacerated by atomic weapons. What do we know?
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A new restoration takes a flawed bit of monster camp and turns it back into a strong, serious-minded and occasionally moving science-fiction film.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The monster's mashing of Tokyo looks as Ed Wood-like as ever, but the film's humanity gives it depth.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Half a century after its release, Godzilla couldn't be more current.
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By James Berardinelli
The arrival of the uncut Godzilla is a great boon to monster movie fans, but will have limited appeal to others.
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Film Threat

By Phil Hall
While the Raymond Burr sequences and the subsequent clumsy English dubbing of the remaining Japanese footage made the U.S. version an unintentionally funny movie, the complete Japanese version is an unfunny bore.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Regaled for 50 years by the stupendous idiocy of the American version of Godzilla, audiences can now see the original Japanese version, which is equally idiotic.
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78 out of 100
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