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Mary Shelley Reviews

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June 15, 2018
A provocative new take on the enduring, mythic power of Shelley's Frankenstein. In other words instead of a cautionary prophesy about science, that she foretold how women no less than the monster that may be herself - have been abused throughout history.
June 13, 2018
Romance, imagination, misery, love of writing, and feminism combine in this intriguing biopic starring Elle Fanning, who gives the performance of her career in the title role.
June 13, 2018
Fanning is excellent as Mary, emoting maturity and growing wisdom juxtaposed against fading youth and innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 7, 2018
But enough complaining. The traditional approach has its merits. The settings, costumes, and lighting are expressive and the cast is lovely.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 1, 2018
It has its moments and looks great. But creator of "Frankenstein" deserves a better film than this Romantic soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 31, 2018
The director and her star make their point under the meticulously appointed cover of the film's 18th-century setting, but they make it plainly, cleanly, and with fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 30, 2018
Mary Shelley isn't a perfect movie...But the movie performs an important task: It gets people eager to learn more about Shelley, one of the most fascinating women in English history.
May 25, 2018
Interesting but uneven drama about famous female author.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 25, 2018
... succeeds as a portrait of an independent spirit who ultimately achieved greatness too early and recognition too late.
May 24, 2018
Celebrates Mary Shelley for the trailblazing woman that she is, but hews far too close to convention to truly represent her life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 24, 2018
As the first female filmmaker in her native land of Saudi Arabia, and a controversial figure in her own right, it is clear that Al-Mansour was born to bring Mary Shelley's story to the big screen.
May 23, 2018
A reminder that England in the early 19th century remains a rich repository of stories and characters, and era that can be made to feel charmingly quaint and bracingly modern, on both the page and the screen.
May 22, 2018
Overlong but generally well-cast, well-acted and handsomely mounted Shelley biopic
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2018
The costumes and cinematography make the movie visually romantic, and hopefully the movie will cause more people to seek out Mary Shelley's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 24, 2018
As a biographical film on Frankenstein's author-here played with spirited fire by Elle Fanning-it takes a very, very conventional path to track a most unconventional life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 19, 2018
A welcome showcase for the considerable talents of Elle Fanning, who deftly shades the trials and tribulations of the young writer and her complicated relationship with Percy Shelley
April 17, 2018
The film offers a romanticized, dark, and racy depiction of Percy Shelley and Mary's scandalous love affair. Fanning and Booth capture the combustible chemistry Percy and Mary must've shared to become historical figures of gothic romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 14, 2017
Mary Shelley is a diverting enough biopic that features decent performances through an often vivid lens, but given the unusual facts of the author's life, a far more offbeat and far less rigid film could have been made here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 13, 2017
The first hour, which focuses on Mary and Percy's love story starts to sag, but when Mary finds her artistic inspiration, the film takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 12, 2017
However, beyond the subject, it's the craft involved behind the scenes that makes the film as captivating as it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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