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Young Frankenstein Reviews

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John H. Dorr
Hollywood Reporter
October 3, 2015
It is good-natured, lowbrow, backlot, hit-or-miss humor, but with no cumulative effect beyond its succession of hard-worked jokes.
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
January 15, 2013
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.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
June 4, 2007
More about the myth of Karloff than the monster, this Mel Brooks pastiche is probably his best early film.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
For a really delightful parody, James Whale's own Bride of Frankenstein is far better value.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety
February 13, 2001
Young Frankenstein emerges as a reverently satirical salute to the 1930s horror film genre.