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Frankenstein Reviews

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Top Critic
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 30, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 6, 2005
The monster may seem campy today, but there are still occasional subtleties.
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
October 23, 2014
Another undisputed classic from the mind of James Whale.
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
Victoria Alexander
October 20, 2003
An essential classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
February 11, 2009
The genius of all this beauty is that it truly is chillingly scary.
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 Smithey
September 10, 2007
Absolutely essential.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Teresa Talerico
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Classic monster movie still electrifies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
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-
Christopher Null
September 2, 2006
Now a classic part of scream culture.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 17, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 13, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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