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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Iconic movie monster once again wreaks massive destruction.

Movie PG-13 2014 123 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 10+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 11+

The best Godzilla movie so far

I've been a fan of Godzilla movies since I was a kid but there has never been a decent remake, until now. This movie is surprisingly good! It's grounded with a good human story among all the city-level destruction. Godzilla doesn't get a ton of screen time, as some others have noted, but it makes the time he does get that much better. Expect a level of violence, language, and sex to be similar to what you'd get with Marvel movies. If your kid is ok with those then this one should be fine for her/him.
age 10+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25):
Kids say (97):

This is both thrilling and broodier than you might expect for this kind of a movie. It's exciting because the special effects are fantastic, a far cry from the Godzillas of yore, and because the actors, though underused -- especially Cranston -- bring a level of authenticity to characters, something we don't often get in this genre. And when we finally do see Godzilla, after a prolonged wait, it's a thrilling moment. In fact, any time Godzilla makes an appearance on screen, it's interesting.

Unfortunately, there's not enough Godzilla in this movie and two too many otherworldly creatures, specifically the M.U.T.O.s (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism). Godzilla fights them, as do the humans, but they feel more like a distraction. And the dialogue is clunky in places, prone to over-explanation. (A sample line, told with a straight face: "It's not the end of the world," uttered, of course, when the world clearly is ending.) Each scene is so laden with portent and overwhelmed by Alexander Desplat's foreboding score that it's hard to differentiate one moment from the next. But the finish? It's a crowd-pleaser, which just bumps the movie into three-star territory.

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