Mary Shelley Reviews

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July 13, 2019
'Mary Shelley' can be proud for being one of those biographical films at the level of its iconic protagonist. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 17, 2019
Thou art a symbol and sign
May 4, 2019
Though the film left me wanting more, the decision to scale back on the horror elements may prove wise to particular audiences who seek to find fascination in a strong literary figure without being subjected to the terror she created.
January 8, 2019
Mary Shelley wants for a proper injection of Gothicism - a little less Jane Austen, a little more Ken Russell, if you will. As it stands, the sensational source material fails to scintillate as it should.
October 27, 2018
Haifaa Al-Mansour, the director of this Mary Shelley bio pic, also knows what it's like to defy convention and put oneself at risk of public censure.
September 10, 2018
This is a CW version of 19th Century Britain, more interested in mediocre aesthetics than in any real exploration of these characters or their age.
September 1, 2018
It's unfortunate that such a fascinating life should be confined to a film of such limited scope.
August 28, 2018
There is no life in these scenes-none of the gumption that must have fueled Mary's early decisions.
August 27, 2018
Plays out rather as a soapy TV drama might, with many of the historical details fudged and some of the more scintillating nuggets transpiring in a series of unsatisfactory reveals.
August 22, 2018
A fine performance by Elle Fanning in the title role goes a long way to compensate, more than rescuing Mary from the fate of being a footnote in the Shelley-Byron bromance.
August 19, 2018
The author has the spotlight all to herself in the latest film retelling of the origins of Frankenstein.
July 20, 2018
It demystifies the characters and gives their stories a moving human dimension. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 19, 2018
[Mary Shelley is] too intent on the historical romance genre, which, by all means, it does fairly well.
July 19, 2018
The film strives at all moments to be faithful to the time period. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 19, 2018
The pace is a little sluggish in places but the interaction between key characters is the film's strongest element.
July 16, 2018
Thanks to Fanning's lively and spirited portrayal, there's no doubting the fire that burned inside Mary, even when the film does favour her amorous affairs.
July 16, 2018
What could have been the typical academic and cold British-style biography becomes in the hands of the director an intense melodrama in which the young protagonist is forced to mature overnight when love comes into her life. [Full review in Spanish]
July 13, 2018
Let's just say I was less than galvanized.
July 12, 2018
Al-Mansour narrates with elegance, rhythm, intensity and delicacy about the painful vital learning, the iron will in the learning of art, vocational subversion, and the refusal to submit in a ancestrally macho universe. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 12, 2018
The movie is still well executed but, at two hours, not even Fanning's persuasive performance can elevate it to being more than a moderately interesting historical drama.
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