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Overall Rating

Worth A Look: 18.42%
Average: 23.68%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 15.79%

1 review, 32 user ratings

Godzilla 2000
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by EricDSnider

"You'd think Tokyo would wise up by now."
3 stars

The problem with "Godzilla 2000" is that it's obviously not good enough to be a genuinely exciting action film, but it's also not BAD enough to be a "so-bad-it's-funny" camp-fest.

Forget the 1998 American "Godzilla" (oh, that I could forget it). This is the original Godzilla, from the same Japanese people who made the first 22 "Godzilla" movies, featuring a guy in a rubber suit trashing small-scale models of Tokyo. (How many times has that poor city had to rebuild itself in the last 50 years?) It's the kind of "Godzilla" movie you fondly remember watching on TV on Saturday afternoons, and that "Mystery Science Theater 3000" heckled at least a half-dozen of.

The plot, as in all "Godzilla" movies, is that Godzilla rises from the sea, apparently not dead after all, and is angry. Then, before he has much of a chance to unleash his fury on all humanity, another monster comes along, which Godzilla has to fight, perhaps because he likes to defend Tokyo, but perhaps also merely as a territorial thing.

The non-Godzilla monster this time is what scientists first believe to be a meteor, crashed at the bottom of the ocean. When they try to bring it to the surface (don't ask me why they want to do this), it comes to life, behaving much like the UFOs in "Independence Day," up to and including destroying buildings and people. Turns out it's an alien vessel, here to suck up Japanese knowledge and technology and make Earth a suitable habitation for its own kind. Godzilla will have none of this, naturally, and the two fight. The end.

All the basic accoutrements of a bad "Godzilla" movie are here: bad dubbing, bad dialogue, cheesy special effects, weird story line -- the works. The problem is that there simply isn't enough of it. The first 20 minutes or so can make you giddy with delight, hearing such lines as, "I guarantee (the missiles) will go through Godzilla like crap through a goose," badly acted by what must be the cheapest voice actors they could find.

But a movie can only be entertaining with how bad it is for so long. The novelty wears off after a while ... and then the movie lasts another hour. One starts to become bored with all the cheesiness, rather than reveling in it. Even for a B-movie, it's grade C.

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User Comments

11/06/10 Sugarfoot Way better than the 1998 turkey 3 stars
11/24/08 Craig D. One of the better G movies. Decent human story, a ton of monster action, great effects. 5 stars
8/10/06 Dragon The Artist Why don't get with the modern movie tech&ditch the guy in a suit& Tokyo miniatures? 1 stars
12/04/05 lordzilla Godzilla movies rock!/totall deasrucktion 5 stars
7/24/05 Luke BlackAdder HEEEEEEEERE'S Godzilla 5 stars
5/26/05 Mark Radburn Godzilla is Back! 5 stars
5/30/04 Frazier Bad acting but very entertaining, it's worth a look see. 4 stars
6/09/03 Christian Harding First of the series of some of the best Godzilla movies. 4 stars
3/31/03 sfghghfghg Rent this, or buy this it Kicks @$$ 5 stars
1/27/02 J Not bad but this intently "bad" movie is for fans, though I may like it better next time. 3 stars
9/26/01 steven There's a little bit of Gojira in all of our hearts. Best Line Ever. 5 stars
7/03/01 WOW! *sniffsniff* ew, what reeks?Oh, its this movie! 1 stars
6/02/01 javiero bonar this movie fuckin sucked so much cock a fuckin hooker could out suck it 1 stars
4/03/01 Andrew Carden Visually badly made movie, that special effects can't even save. 1 stars
2/16/01 Steve in Prague THIS is Godzilla NOT gay-Develin's iguana 5 stars
2/12/01 john d(THE DUDE) kick fucking ass,these are the zilla movies I wanted as a kid! 4 stars
1/06/01 fifu classic godzilla, really funny, great monster in it 4 stars
12/02/00 Phil HILARIOUS! 5 stars
11/04/00 TruckGirl Far better than the recently released US version! 5 stars
9/18/00 hamlet3k Godzilla, the way he's supposed to be: big, rubbery, destructive, and poorly dubbed! :) 5 stars
9/17/00 J B 5 stars
9/13/00 Lugubrious Lou Some poor effects, but overall a much better film than the American one. Classic bad dubs. 4 stars
9/12/00 Fisherman Bob Welcome back, Godzilla. We missed you. 5 stars
9/08/00 Stuntman much better than the US version 4 stars
9/01/00 Yoshi Yeah okay better than the U.S. Godzilla, but still a poor motion picture 1 stars
8/25/00 Da Mad Flava When making a stupid movie, try to use rubber, not Computer Generated Imagery. 5 stars
8/22/00 Captain Highcrime Even with the bad dubbing & cheesy latex, supremely Boooorrrring!!! 1 stars
8/22/00 MC Cheese Every thing you want in a Godzilla movie. Look for the Devlin/Emmerich references. 5 stars
8/20/00 J.C. Savior GOd ZILLA!!!!! MATHEW BRODRICK, EAT THISSSS!!!! 5 stars
8/19/00 Chad Bingman It's the Godzilla we all know and love. Very cheesy, but isn't it supposed to be? 5 stars
8/18/00 Truckgirl If you want bad dubbing and typical monster sci-fi, this is it! Worth the laughs. 4 stars
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  18-Aug-2000 (PG)
  DVD: 19-Oct-2004



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