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Mary Shelley Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 19, 2018
The author has the spotlight all to herself in the latest film retelling of the origins of Frankenstein.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 19, 2018
[Mary Shelley is] too intent on the historical romance genre, which, by all means, it does fairly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 18, 2018
The pace is a little sluggish in places but the interaction between key characters is the film's strongest element.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 18, 2018
The film strives at all moments to be faithful to the time period. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Emotional and subtle. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 12, 2018
If it falls short of its ambitions, you have to love that it tries to go for the big story, and that it gives Elle Fanning such a grand role at her tender age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 11, 2018
But while Fanning (The Neon Demon, The Beguiled) proves she can carry a film, the impressive ensemble (which also includes Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams) are saddled with fairly one-dimensional characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 9, 2018
With a new generation of feminists discovering both Mary and her ground-breaking mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, it's absolutely ripe for retelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 8, 2018
While it feels stretched at two hours, its teen-movie digressions work well as opportunities to apply contemporary feminist critiques to the Romantics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 6, 2018
Most of all the film is a tribute to its brave and uncompromising women, Shelley and Al-Mansour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 6, 2018
Fanning holds the screen as someone intent on writing her own destiny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 5, 2018
It's Jane Austen with sex and drugs and poetry. What's not to like?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 5, 2018
Fanning has a superb presence as Mary, revealing her blazing intellect and social passion with some nicely complex layers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 5, 2018
Mary Shelley is an intelligent, probing, well-acted biopic with a strong feminist slant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 5, 2018
It's a story of super-heroism in disguise from the early 19th century, in a mostly London-set literary milieu that's captured with curious and probing compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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