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Frankenstein Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 21, 2005
...crude but famously iconic version of Shelley's novel, which featured Karloff under 50 pounds of makeup, costume and platform boots the Spice Girls could only dream of.
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 6, 2005
The monster may seem campy today, but there are still occasional subtleties.
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 26, 2005
The high tide of Universal horror. Hail Karloff.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 4, 2005
Without question the film's defining moment comes from the actual revelation of the legendary monster itself.
Jake Euker
March 8, 2004
Charming, spooky, and magical at once.
| Original Score: 4/5
Victoria Alexander
October 20, 2003
An essential classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A stirring grand-guignol type of picture, one that aroused so much excitement at the Mayfair yesterday that many in the audience laughed to cover their true feelings.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 22, 2003
Here Whale emerges in full flower%u2014the stage director in love with the theatrical and drunk on the possibilities of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 1, 2002
This is the one that became the classic and best known Frankenstein picture.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Genuine old-school horror movie excellence ... and the sequel is even better!
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
As much as the later movies diluted the character of the Frankenstein creature, nothing could blunt the impact made by Karloff in the role of the most memorable movie monster of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Still a startling film about the borders between genius and madness, science and atrocity.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
Nothing can detract from the power of the most influential monster movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
The classic and definitive monster/horror film.
Neil Cohen
Echo Magazine
July 29, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
June 12, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 5, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 30, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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