- Godzilla Minus One receives a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes and is considered a kaiju masterpiece.
- Critics praise the film for taking Godzilla back to its roots in post-WWII Japan and capturing the iconic monster’s essence.
- The movie is lauded for its compelling story, stunning cinematography, and overall entertainment value.
Godzilla Minus One, Toho’s 33rd Godzilla film, has made a strong debut on Rotten Tomatoes, earning a perfect 100%. With only a few reviews in so far, the film is already being hailed as a kaiju masterpiece, garnering high praise from multiple critics.
Katie Rife of IGN Movies commended Godzilla Minus One for taking the iconic monster back to its roots, describing it as “a rousing, spectacle-filled blockbuster” that effectively combines character-driven storytelling with exciting monster scenes.
Sarah Musnicky, writing for But Why Tho? A Geek Community, gave the film a near-perfect 9/10, applauding it for reminding audiences why they fell in love with the legendary titan in the first place. She stated that the movie not only showcases the beloved kaiju, but also the engaging universe it inhabits.
Tim Grierson of Screen International also praised the film for returning Godzilla to its roots as a metaphor for Japan’s postwar anxiety and grief, adding that the movie delivers a “stirring spectacle” with an emotional undercurrent.
In contrast, Matt Schley from Japan Times offered a more negative perspective, arguing that by setting the film in the past, it avoids tackling contemporary issues and is more focused on delivering an entertaining ride. Despite this critique, he did acknowledge the impressive visual nods to the original films.
John Nguyen of Nerd Reactor called Godzilla Minus One the “best Godzilla film” since the original 1954 movie, lauding its compelling story, excellent cast, and stunning cinematography. Aaron Neuwirth from We Live Entertainment echoed this praise, stating that the film successfully follows up the 2016 installment, Shin Godzilla, and is an absolute “blast” to watch.
Godzilla Minus One stars Ryunosuke Kamiki, Minami Hamabe, Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sakura Ando, and Kuranosuke Sasaki. Directed and written by Takashi Yamazaki, the film was released to great success in Japan on November 3rd. Toho International plans to distribute it in the United States and Canada on December 1st.