The Bride of Frankenstein - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Bride of Frankenstein Reviews

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December 19, 2017
[James ]Whale's film is fantastic and essential queer gothic. He exquisitely uses light and shadow to highlight the actors' faces and creates a marvelously eerie atmosphere in mist-covered moors.
October 6, 2013
James Whale's extravagantly produced sequel to his own Frankenstein still ranks as one of horrordom's greatest achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 2, 2011
A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 15, 2009
This was to be [director James Whale's] last horror film. Small wonder; what could he possibly have left to prove?
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Top Critic
October 7, 2008
Screenwriters Hurlbut & Balderston and Director James Whale have given it the macabre intensity proper to all good horror pieces, but have substituted a queer kind of mechanistic pathos for the sheer evil that was Frankenstein.
September 24, 2007
A must for anyone with even a passing interest in horror, this not only confirms Karloff as a master of the genre, but also shows, more than any of Whale's subsequent films, the influence of his vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 24, 2007
Whale's erudite genius brings it all together. He sculpts every nuance of self-parody, social satire, horror, humour, wit and whimsy into a dazzling whole, keeping every one of his fantastical plates spinning until the tragic, inevitable finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 4, 2007
Karloff manages to invest the character with some subtleties of emotion that are surprisingly real and touching.
June 4, 2007
Whale added an element of playful sexuality to this version, casting the proceedings in a bizarre visual framework that makes this film a good deal more surreal than the original.
May 27, 2007
one of the greatest movies i've ever seen
| Original Score: 4/4
October 24, 2006
The greatest of all the Frankenstein films.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
August 8, 2006
Another astonishing chapter in the career of the Monster.
February 9, 2006
Whale's most perfectly realised movie, a delight from start to finish.
October 28, 2005
Classic - the pinnacle of Universal horror
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
March 30, 2005
My Big Fat Monster Wedding.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 1, 2004
[The film impresses] with its painterly and dramatic lighting, beautiful dissolves and tracking shots, sophisticated effects, and unexpected eccentricities.
October 17, 2004
One of those extraordinary films that transcends genre and period to provide fresh, untold pleasures year after year.
October 14, 2004
Absolute classic horror, the best of the 'Frankensteins.'
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 8, 2004
Among the best of what Hollywood has to offer.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 21, 2003
A horror mega-classic.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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