The reviews are in for Toho’s “Godzilla Minus One” and the scores are nothing short of outstanding – putting the film amongst the best of the year.

The story unfolds in an already devastated post-war Japan where the kaiju goes on a rampage. It marks the second of the live-action Reiwa era “Godzilla” films following the 2016 entry “Shin Godzilla”.

The film is pulling in a stunning 98% (8.2/10) with critics, from 48 reviews, and a 98% (4.8/5) with audiences on Rotten Tomatoes – the only negative review coming from a YouTube video reviewer. On Metacritic it’s scoring a very strong 80/100 from 18 reviews – all positive with the lowest score being a 70/100.

Here’s a sampling of review quotes from the critic’s takes on the film:

“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.” – James Berardinelli, ReelViews

“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.” – Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone

“Godzilla Minus One returns the titular beast to its roots as a metaphor for Japan’s postwar anxiety and grief, in the process delivering a stirring spectacle that also contains a palpable emotional undercurrent.” – Tim Grierson, Screen

“It is not hyperbole to say Godzilla Minus One is perhaps one of the finest movies of the kaiju genre ever put to screen since Ishiro Honda’s Gojira kicked off the franchise in 1954.” – Eric Francisco, Inverse

“There’s as much of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru here as there is the rubber-suit genius of Godzilla creator Ishirō Honda, and that’s a pairing as powerful as any monster mash-up.” – Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

“For all the unbridled destruction, Godzilla Minus One remains perversely light and fun, a Roland Emmerich-like disaster flick helmed by an actual talent.” – Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine

“Much of the personal drama is serious and heartfelt but Yamazaki always remembers we’re in B-movie monster land, just not too campy this time around.” – Richard Kuipers, Screen

“It’s only taken 69 years, but there’s finally a Godzilla movie with compelling human interest.” – Bob Strauss, San Francisco Chronicle

“Godzilla Minus One” opens in U.S. cinemas today.

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