Owen Gleiberman
May 21, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Godzilla (Movie - 1954)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
98 minutes
performer
Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata, Momoko Kochi, Takashi Shimura
director
Ishiro Honda
distributor
Rialto Pictures
author
Ishiro Honda
genre
Horror, Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it an A-

The original 1954 Japanese version is being released here for the first time in its undubbed, unbutchered form. Godzilla, the most awesome of tacky movie monsters, is pop culture’s grandest symbol of nuclear apocalypse — a metaphor that looks more nuttily masochistic than ever.

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