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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Reviews

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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
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 Villaça
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
Steve Crum
February 24, 2008
Different look at the old Frankenstein story, directed by Branagh.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
May 3, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Widgett Walls
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
January 13, 2004
An oddly moving father-son love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
Visceral and energetic sceen translation of this literary classic.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 10, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: low +2 out of -4..+4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Something more substantial than Hollywood's typical, fitfully entertaining fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Faires
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
It's an odd and uneasy mix, but the look of the film is dazzling and the performances are all first-rate.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
It does ... suggest that Branagh is a filmmaker who is continually extending his reach and truly seeks to reinterpret source material in a uniquely cinematic language.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
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.
| Original Score: 64/100
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Variety Staff
June 20, 2008
Kenneth Branagh has indeed created a monster, but not the kind he originally envisioned.
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David Ansen
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?
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