Frankenstein Reviews

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July 13, 2018
Frankenstein's "it's alive!" moment has left more of an imprint upon science fiction and horror filmmaking than any other big-screen scene before or since.
October 20, 2016
The most influential horror film ever made, this stark and stylish work has a weird fairytale beauty.
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.
October 23, 2014
Another undisputed classic from the mind of James Whale.
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.
November 4, 2012
...a watchable yet consistently uneven horror flick that feels long even at 70 minutes...
October 10, 2012
The film has a touching, almost childlike humanity that allowed audiences to actually identify with the monster.
January 1, 2011
Classic monster movie still electrifies.
August 10, 2010
Frankenstein is a horror film that turns (miraculously) into an existential tale of man's fear of abandonment
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.
February 11, 2009
The genius of all this beauty is that it truly is chillingly scary.
October 18, 2008
From the standpoint of the story, cast, direction and photography the picture is sure to rate with the greatest in picturedom.
Top Critic
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.
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.
September 24, 2007
Beautiful photography, a heartbreaking story, and iconic moments from beginnning to end. Absolutely unmissable.
September 24, 2007
A masterpiece of vintage horror. Entertaining, creepy and stylish.
September 10, 2007
Absolutely essential.
July 29, 2007
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.
June 5, 2007
One of the most deservedly famous and chilling horror films of all time.
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