Frankenstein Reviews

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Hollywood Reporter
November 16, 2014
James Whale has done a great job in his direction. This is not an easy thing to direct -- just how far to go in playing upon an audience's credulity, it's sympathy, it's nerves. Whale seems to have gone far enough, but not too far.
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
October 23, 2014
Another undisputed classic from the mind of James Whale.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 7, 2013
Shocking in its day and still a genuinely creepy experience, director James Whale's primitive yet enthralling interpretation of Mary Shelley's classic tale of man playing God is the most influential genre movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 4, 2012
...a watchable yet consistently uneven horror flick that feels long even at 70 minutes...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 10, 2012
The film has a touching, almost childlike humanity that allowed audiences to actually identify with the monster.
Teresa Talerico
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Classic monster movie still electrifies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
Slant Magazine
August 10, 2010
Frankenstein is a horror film that turns (miraculously) into an existential tale of man's fear of abandonment
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 13, 2009
If it isn't the best American horror film of the 1930s, that's only because the extremely gifted director James Whale wasn't done with the franchise quite yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
February 11, 2009
The genius of all this beauty is that it truly is chillingly scary.

Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2008
From the standpoint of the story, cast, direction and photography the picture is sure to rate with the greatest in picturedom.
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TIME Magazine
October 7, 2008
[Whale] did it in the Grand Guignol manner, with as many queer sounds, dark corners, false faces and cellar stairs as could possibly be inserted.
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September 24, 2007
Maximum of stimulating shock is there, but the thing is handled with subtle change of pace and shift of tempo that keeps attention absorbed to a high voltage climax.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
September 24, 2007
Beautiful photography, a heartbreaking story, and iconic moments from beginnning to end. Absolutely unmissable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
September 24, 2007
A masterpiece of vintage horror. Entertaining, creepy and stylish.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 10, 2007
Absolutely essential.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 3, 2007
Frankenstein's psychological inquiries remain both striking and potent, its morality-lined narrative brimming with existential hurdles on both ends of the scale.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
One of the most deservedly famous and chilling horror films of all time.
May 27, 2007
A classic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 2, 2006
Now a classic part of scream culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The film is unique in Whale's work in that the horror is played absolutely straight, and it has a weird fairytale beauty not matched until Cocteau made La Belle et la BÍte.
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