• R, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Bill Condon
    In Theaters:
    Nov 4, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 8, 1999
  • Lions Gate Films


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Gods and Monsters Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It may not be history, but what a glorious imagining it is.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

October 13, 2010
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Catches a life and its relation to art. One imagines that James Whale would not have turned over in his grave in horror.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 25, 2010
Michael Dequina

The film clearly belongs to McKellen, whose presence is what makes the film as affecting at it is.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 16, 2009
Rob Gonsalves

A parable worthy of Mary Shelley herself.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

February 14, 2008
Emanuel Levy

Condon's indie is narrwoly focused in depicting James Whale's personal and professional frustrations as an old man, but Ian McKellen, who must have felt strong affinity with the openly gay director, gives an astonishingly sophisticated performance.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

March 6, 2007
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

travels far beyond the usual chronological re-telling of highlights

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: A

June 27, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Ian McKellen shines in this well-acted drama about a mysterious Hollywood celebrity.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 3, 2002

I can't remember the last time I was so emotionally pounded by a film...Ian McKellan is a god.

Full Review | Original Score: 5

December 30, 2001
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

A smart picture, if not a brilliant one.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

October 22, 2001
Andrew Howe

McKellen's performance borders on brilliance.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 18, 2001
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Whale, always the aesthete and snob, comments to an interviewer that the other Frankenstein films were done by hacks.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 1, 2000
Carlo Cavagna

A movie of infinite patience

Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com | Original Score: A

January 1, 2000
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

...a filmic epiphany.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null

a truly good film with a great cast

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Ed Kelleher
Film Journal International

A richly textured movie that speculates about the last days of an iconic filmmaker while exploring the sometimes divine, sometimes monstrous landscape of obsession and desire.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
Scott Weinberg

McKellan somehow coaxes a real performance from Brendan Fraser.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
Arthur Lazere

a deceptively simple story with a multiplicity of subtle insights

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

January 1, 2000
David N. Butterworth

For all of the interesting possibilities inherent in Condon's source material, the single most important thing one learns about James Whale, according to the film, was that he was a dirty old man.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Dustin Putman

A heartfelt and intelligent motion picture.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Widgett Walls

A daring experiment in cinematic biography denigrates into a mess of dream sequences and mini-flashbacks that left me more confused about the subject than before I arrived.

Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
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