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Frankenstein Reviews

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Elliott Stein
Village Voice
October 20, 2016
The most influential horror film ever made, this stark and stylish work has a weird fairytale beauty.
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Hollywood Reporter
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.
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TIME Magazine
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.
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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.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
One of the most deservedly famous and chilling horror films of all time.
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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.
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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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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.
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