Godzilla Minus One receives unprecedented Rotten Tomatoes score

Godzilla Minus One positions itself as one of the greatest films in the legendary kaiju’s cinematic history after receiving an unprecedented Rotten Tomatoes score.

Godzilla has been stomping through theaters for decades; More specifically, since his debut in 1954 in Toho’s first film, the start of a decades-long franchise that has made him the greatest monster in film history.

But that doesn’t mean they were all bangers. Aside from the dated effects, “Godzilla” has had a number of dubious sequels in its 32-film run under Toho; Terror of Mechagodzilla is the least successful film in the series and Godzilla’s Revenge (All Monsters Attack) is considered one of the worst films in the series.

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But after a 12-year hiatus, the studio returned in 2016 with the excellent, frightening Shin Godzilla – and it seems the best is yet to come with Godzilla Minus One.

Godzilla Minus One receives a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes

Godzilla Minus One currently has a 100% rating Rotten tomatoesmaking it the highest rated film in the series to date.

We should note that this is based on just six reviews. More is expected to come starting in December as the film hits theaters in the U.S. and elsewhere. However, so far it has received unanimous praise, joined by The Creator director Gareth Edwards, who said it “must be mentioned as a contender for the best Godzilla film of all time.”

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IGN called it a “riveting blockbuster full of spectacle… Godzilla: Minus One takes the King of the Monsters back to his roots in post-war Japan. “The story is character-driven, but the monster scenes are exciting and effective.”

Screen International also wrote, “Godzilla Minus One returns the titular beast to its roots as a metaphor for Japan’s postwar fear and grief, delivering a thrilling spectacle that also contains a palpable emotional undercurrent.”

In their review, the Japan Times wrote wrote: “Visually, Godzilla Minus One is more reminiscent of the original film than any Godzilla film since the ’50s.” But by setting itself in the past, it avoids engaging with current issues and makes the content more entertaining.”

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The film is set in the aftermath of World War II, in which Japan is devastated by nationwide death and destruction, as well as the atomic explosions in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. As the country continues to reel from the tragedies and horrors of war, a new crisis emerges in the form of Godzilla.

Godzilla Minus One will be released in theaters in the US on December 1st. You can find out more about whether or not the film is a reboot here, and find the rest of our coverage here.

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Dustin Huang

Dustin Huang is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dustin Huang joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: dustinhuang@nytimas.com.

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