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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Violent updated classic could be too intense for young kids.

Movie PG-13 1998 139 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 15+

A lot more language than warning listed, some sexual references

We had seen this in Spanish on tv, and thought it was kind of cool, but the English version, when we could understand the dialogue, ruined it for me. Lots of swearing, using the names of Christ and Jesus profanely, and some sexual references. Just made it not worth it for the quality of the movie.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 10+

The best movie ever

It’s very good and not very inappropriate

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (38 ):

The classic Japanese monster film has been updated by the team that produced and directed Stargate and Independence Day, and what we get is basically Jurassic Park with one very, very big dinosaur.

On the scariness scale, Godzilla fits in at around the Jurassic Park level, with a few jump-out-at-you surprises and some tense moments. The special effects are state-of-the art, but not particularly innovative. There are some striking visuals and a few clever plot turns. But the movie sorely misses the quirky charm of Independence Day's Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, and the story never captures the heart. The real special effect in this movie is making it appear that Manhattan was evacuated almost instantaneously.

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