Mary Shelley Reviews

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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.
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.
July 6, 2018
Fanning holds the screen as someone intent on writing her own destiny.
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.
June 13, 2018
The film, though handsome and well-acted, reduces Mary Shelley's accomplishments; it's almost over by the time "Frankenstein" gets written, with little attention paid to its author's creative spark.
June 8, 2018
As it stands, this monstrously inept creation is more terrifying than any scenario the author conjured up.
June 7, 2018
To make boring the revelries of 19th century literati is no mean feat, but it is "Mary Shelley's" chief accomplishment.
June 7, 2018
There's nothing internal about Fanning's performance to suggest that Mary is an artist with something she needs to say and that must be said.
June 1, 2018
Mary Shelley is a dull, tame and disappointingly conventional biopic that almost never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
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.
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May 25, 2018
Respectable, but dull and tedious.
May 25, 2018
Mary Shelley wants to be a film about artistic creation and female liberation. And, to a degree, it is. But it's so flat and poorly paced that it just feels like a squandered opportunity of monstrous proportions.
May 25, 2018
It's a deeply conventional movie about ragingly unconventional people.
May 25, 2018
Don't expect anyone to shout, 'It's alive!' as they depart the theater.
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.
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May 24, 2018
Viewers may initially find Fanning's American-girl presence jarring, but she holds her own - and her accent. By the movie's end, her performance has come to seem as authentic as anything else in this perfumed account.
May 23, 2018
Its de-complicated characters and conflicts don't tell us anything about what it meant to live in a time or to make something-only the vague order in which some important things happened, the result like rushed homework.
May 23, 2018
Handsomely produced but as dramatically inert as a high school oral book report, giving audiences the gist of the Frankenstein author's story but never, ironically, bringing her to life.
May 23, 2018
Nothing about it is inspired, save some of Sturridge's Byronic mood swings.
May 23, 2018
Elle Fanning as Mary Shelley is the movie's only real grace. She has been given a poor script to inhabit.
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