Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 1, 2014
Branagh is very obsessed with chewing the scenery. So much so that he even manages to outdo Robert DeNiro.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 26, 2009
Branagh's ambitious take succeeds as a cautionary tale about true monstrosity: hubris and man's inhumanity to man. But one man's operatic style is another man's unintentionally comical excess, and...Frankenstein certainly tempts fate... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
October 14, 2009
Clearly, one person's authentic homage is another person's overwrought teeth-gnashing fest, as Branagh's film never hesitates to slop on the melodramatic mustard.
Full Review | Original Score: 64/100
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
October 11, 2009
I'm inclined to give it an 8 now. The more you watch, the more you appreciate how Branagh was able to faithfully retell Shelley's novel while still managing to make it fresh and make it relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
November 20, 2008
Uma das mais fiéis e complexas adaptações da história original, respeitando seus temas principais mesmo que desviando-se, aqui e ali, de pontos específicos da trama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 20, 2008
Kenneth Branagh has indeed created a monster, but not the kind he originally envisioned.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 31, 2008
Watching the movie work itself into an operatic frenzy, one remains curiously detached: the grand gestures are there, but where's the music?
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
February 24, 2008
Different look at the old Frankenstein story, directed by Branagh.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 13, 2007
A weirdly muddled and embarrassingly over-the-top fiasco.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
August 9, 2007
A sub par effort on one of the most frequently ill adapted stories ever made
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 2, 2007
For all its attention to detail and special effects, this version lacks the pathos and tragedy in the complex and ambivalent relationship between the father-creator and his creature-monster; De Niro is misguided by director Branagh.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 8, 2006
It's Greek tragedy, and when its characters utter invocations to the gods in turn, it manages to feel cheesy in exactly the right way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Not frightening, just silly.
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
August 23, 2004
What can I say? I found the bravura and chest-thumping intriguing. I don't even feel guilty saying that.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 13, 2004
An oddly moving father-son love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Branagh is in over his head. He displays neither the technical finesse to handle a big, visually ambitious film nor the insight to develop a stirring new version of this story.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 2, 2003
As wrongheaded as Coppola's Dracula (in different ways), Frankenstein is all bluff, bombast and bargain-basement borrowings from Ken Russell's Gothic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 6, 2003
An interesting concept by Branagh, and a touching De Niro performance. It is hit-and-miss at times, a bit overwrought.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
A noble failure, but a failure nonetheless.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
Visceral and energetic sceen translation of this literary classic.
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