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Frankenstein Reviews

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September 24, 2007
A masterpiece of vintage horror. Entertaining, creepy and stylish.
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.
July 12, 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.
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
June 30, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
October 6, 2005
The monster may seem campy today, but there are still occasional subtleties.
October 23, 2014
Another undisputed classic from the mind of James Whale.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 26, 2002
Genuine old-school horror movie excellence ... and the sequel is even better!
| Original Score: 4.5/5
October 20, 2003
An essential classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
February 11, 2009
The genius of all this beauty is that it truly is chillingly scary.
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
September 10, 2007
Absolutely essential.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
January 1, 2011
Classic monster movie still electrifies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 10, 2012
The film has a touching, almost childlike humanity that allowed audiences to actually identify with the monster.
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.
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.
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-
September 2, 2006
Now a classic part of scream culture.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
February 17, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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