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01st Dec 2023

New Godzilla movie earns record Rotten Tomatoes score

Stephen Porzio

We cannot wait to see this.

The latest movie in the legendary Godzilla franchise – titled Godzilla Minus One – is earning incredible reviews, with its Rotten Tomatoes score breaking a new record for the series.

Hailing from Japan – the country which gave us the first Godzilla movie all the way back in 1954 – the new film currently holds a whopping 98% rating on the review-aggregation website.

This makes it the best reviewed entry in the franchise in nearly 30 years and the second best reviewed overall, with only 1995’s Godzilla vs. Destoroyah holding a higher score of 100%.

It’s worth noting too though that Godzilla vs. Destoroyah’s score on Rotten Tomatoes is based on only six reviews, compared to Godzilla Minus One’s 48 listed – which means Godzilla Minus One could make the case for ultimately being the best reviewed movie in the long-running franchise.

Godzilla Minus One earns record Rotten Tomatoes score

As for the new film, it is set in 1945 Japan at the end of World War II – with its plot synopsis reading: “Post war Japan is at its lowest point when a new crisis emerges in the form of a giant monster, baptised in the horrific power of the atomic bomb.”

Godzilla Minus One is being raved about by critics for its blend of monster movie spectacle and its emotional human story, as well as for taking the franchise back to its post-World War II roots.

You can read a sample of some of those positive reviews right here:

Detroit News: “It’s a big ol’ monster movie that delivers the goods on both a human storytelling level and that of a big ol’ monster movie.”

IGN Movies: “A rousing, spectacle-filled blockbuster, Godzilla: Minus One takes the king of the monsters back to his roots in post-WWII Japan. The story is character-driven, but the monster scenes are exciting and effective.”

ReelViews: “Godzilla Minus One isn’t just a good Godzilla movie. It’s an excellent Godzilla movie – arguably among the best ever to grace the screen.”

Rolling Stone: “Godzilla Minus One offers an alternative to shared universe syndrome. It’s an artfully made throwback to kaiju classics and likely the first Godzilla movie that dares to make you cry. See it on the biggest screen possible.”

Washington Post: “The result is nothing short of magical: a feast for the eyes, an entertaining epic in every sense of the word.”

Meanwhile, after seeing Godzilla Minus One, the director of the 2014 US Godzilla movie Gareth Edwards remarked: “There were a lot of things that I thought were very new, and I was feeling jealous the whole time I was watching it.

“This is what a Godzilla movie should be.”

Godzilla Minus One will roar into Irish and UK cinemas on 15 December. Check out its trailer right here: