Young Frankenstein

1974

Young Frankenstein

Critics Consensus

Made with obvious affection for the original, Young Frankenstein is a riotously silly spoof featuring a fantastic performance by Gene Wilder.

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In this spoof of Mary Shelley's gothic tale, the grandson of Victor Frankenstein, a neurosurgeon, has spent his life living down the legend of his grandfather, even changing the pronunciation of his name. When he discovers his grandfather's diary, he begins to feel differently, and returns to the family castle to satisfy his curiosity by replicating his ancestor's experiments. In the process, he creates one very unique monster.

Cast

Gene Wilder
as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Peter Boyle
as Monster
Madeline Kahn
as Elizabeth
Cloris Leachman
as Frau Blucher
Kenneth Mars
as Insp. Kemp
Gene Hackman
as Blind Hermit
Richard Haydn
as Herr Falkstein
Liam Dunn
as Mr. Hilltop
Oscar Beregi
as Sadistic Jailer
Danny Goldman
as Medical Student
Richard Roth
as Insp. Kemp's Aide
Leon Askin
as Herr Waldman
Oscar Beregi Jr.
as Sadistic Jailer
Monte Landis
as Gravedigger
Lou Cutell
as Frightened Villager
Arthur Malet
as Village Elder
Richard A. Roth
as Kemp's Aide
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Critic Reviews for Young Frankenstein

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (4)

  • It is good-natured, lowbrow, backlot, hit-or-miss humor, but with no cumulative effect beyond its succession of hard-worked jokes.

    Oct 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Wilder's hysteria seems perfectly natural. You never question what's driving him to it; his fits are lucid and total. They take him into a different dimension -- he delivers what Harpo promised.

    Jan 15, 2013 | Full Review…
  • More about the myth of Karloff than the monster, this Mel Brooks pastiche is probably his best early film.

    Jun 4, 2007 | Full Review…
  • For a really delightful parody, James Whale's own Bride of Frankenstein is far better value.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It shows artistic growth and a more sure-handed control of the material by a director who once seemed willing to do literally anything for a laugh. It's more confident and less breathless.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Some of the gags don't work, but fewer than in any previous Brooks film that I've seen, and when the jokes are meant to be bad, they are riotously poor. What more can one ask of Mel Brooks?

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Young Frankenstein

  • Jan 07, 2016
    Mel Brooks delivers a loving homage to the classic Universal Monster Movies with the hilarious Young Frankenstein. Mainly drawn from the first three Frankenstein films (especially Son of Frankenstein), the story follows Dr. Frankenstein's grandson Frederick, who inherits the family estate and discovers his grandfather's private journal which contains the secret to re-animating life. Starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr, and Madeline Kahn, the film has a strong cast; Wilder in particular is outstanding, really nailing the comedy. And Brooks does a brilliant job at emulating the classic look and feel of old Hollywood films. Yet the humor can be a little broad and overly slapsticky at times. Still, Young Frankenstein is incredibly fun and delivers a lot of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2015
    The art of the spoof has been lost in recent years, or at least a fundamental understanding of what makes the greatest spoofs work at the most basic level. What makes them great can be summed up in one word: Love. It's strange to think about, but the best film spoofs are a built on an inherent love and understanding of what's being skewered. So it's no surprise in some ways that Young Frankenstein is Mel Brooks' greatest film. The amount of referential material in this film goes far beyond the knowledge of even some seasoned film geeks (there is a Frankenstein film that features a police inspector that has a wooden arm, and yes, he plays darts with Dr. Frankenstein). Even the equipment in this film's lab is taken from the Boris Karloff classic. Combine this reverence with one of Gene Wilder's greatest performances, jokes that absolutely hit their mark, and gorgeous atmosphere from black and white cinematography, and you have a comedy classic. One of the greatest of all time and highly recommended.
    Jacob E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2014
    This one was a long time coming from me. In the end, it measured up well. Brooks is one of the few directors who gets away with very cheesy humour. Wilder is fantastic as usual.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2013
    There's a strong argument to be made for this being Mel Brooks' best film. Gene Wilder's performance is a thing of beauty.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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