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Gods and Monsters Reviews

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Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
While Condon may not quite have captured an accurate Whale, he and his cast have brought a memorable creation to life.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 13, 2010
It may not be history, but what a glorious imagining it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 25, 2010
Catches a life and its relation to art. One imagines that James Whale would not have turned over in his grave in horror.
Michael Dequina
November 16, 2009
The film clearly belongs to McKellen, whose presence is what makes the film as affecting at it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Dennis Harvey
December 1, 2008
An engrossing, unusual, imaginatively executed bit of psychological gamesmanship ...
Rob Gonsalves
February 14, 2008
A parable worthy of Mary Shelley herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
March 6, 2007
Condon's indie is narrwoly focused in depicting James Whale's personal and professional frustrations as an old man, but Ian McKellen, who must have felt strong affinity with the openly gay director, gives an astonishingly sophisticated performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Nick Bradshaw
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Not a complicated film, but warm and clever.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
This movie is obviously a dream come true for Condon, and he delivers it with precision, care, love, and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 27, 2003
travels far beyond the usual chronological re-telling of highlights
Full Review | Original Score: A

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
The James Whale of this movie proves to be a dotty bore.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
Ian McKellen shines in this well-acted drama about a mysterious Hollywood celebrity.
December 30, 2001
I can't remember the last time I was so emotionally pounded by a film...Ian McKellan is a god.
Full Review| Original Score: 5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 22, 2001
A smart picture, if not a brilliant one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Howe
May 18, 2001
McKellen's performance borders on brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Jonathan Lethem
January 1, 2000
McKellen, nevertheless, provides plenty of electricity -- even if the monster never quite gets off the table and walks.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Whale, always the aesthete and snob, comments to an interviewer that the other Frankenstein films were done by hacks.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Carlo Cavagna
January 1, 2000
A movie of infinite patience
Full Review | Original Score: A
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
This is a joy of a film, a throwback to the great human dramas of the Hollywood that made Hollywood; where movies for Everyman (even if dealing with not so-Every-man) were invented."
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
...a filmic epiphany.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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