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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

HD   R Closed Captioning

Kenneth Branagh

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About the Movie

Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter, Aidan Quinn, Ian Holm and John Cleese star in Branagh's acclaimed adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. True to the original, here is the story of a young doctor whose obsession with death leads him to create a life. But his "creature" crafted from the bodies of convicts and the brain of a brilliant scientist, is a hideous mockery of humanity. And when the creature realizes he will never be accepted by men, he seeks revenge on Dr. Frankenstein and his family. An inspired adaptation that's emotionally complex and truly terrifying.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 25
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jan 13, 2014

Rotten: Branagh doesn't evoke terror, only repulsion. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Kenneth Branagh has indeed created a monster, but not the kind he originally envisioned. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jan 13, 2014

Fresh: Something more substantial than Hollywood's typical, fitfully entertaining fluff. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jun 10, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Faithful to the Original

This adaptation of Frankenstein is significant in its faithfulness to Shelley's original story (hence the title). Lovers of the book will find much here that is familiar, and it is also a captivating movie in its own right.

Great Take On Frankenstein

Following the same gothic formula that was successful for Bram Stoker's Dracula, Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein has developed a cult following over the years. The gothic atmosphere, music, and cast helps to make the film enjoyable and thrilling. Branagh plays Victor Frankenstein, the main character who re-creates life from dead body parts only to have it haunt him and destroy his life. Branagh's performance is great at times and is at his best towards the end. Helena Bonham Carter is Elizabeth, the love of Victor's life who tries to discover what he created only to have it find her. Carter is great in the film and has a great climax performance. De Niro stars as the Victor's creation, and is easily the best cast member of the film. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein isn't a great film and it isn't a bad film. It's worth a viewing or two.

If you want to watch bad movies, listen to Rotten Tomatoes

This movie is about as good a film interpretation of such a complex classic novel as any movie can be. Considering that this version captures the mood, develops the characters, and explores the themes of this fascinating novel to an extent we have never seen from Hollywood, I think that this movie accomplishes the task of doing this book justice quite well. I have noticed that the reviews given by Rotten Tomatoes for legitimately good movies are misguided and misinformed to be polite. I have to conclude that the people writing reviews for this site are dolts of the highest order. Anyone who criticizes this film as being "boring" is clearly too stupid to appreciate the novel and therefore its excellent movie adaptation. Because Branagh had the artistic integrity to do a novel like this justice, and you are too stupid to see this, you have apparently demonstrated that your integrity as a movie reviewer is nonexistent and you therefore have no business reviewing movies at all. I detest ignorant, misinformed critics, and wish there was a system of integrity in place in which credible authorities on these matters could vote to have their comments removed from public forums such as this one. Anyone who agrees with me reply to this post with an impassioned "Hear Hear!". The people that disagree with me I'm sure will continue to vomit their uncouth comments all over the internet, so do me a favor and keep your worthless version of an opinion to yourself. I, for one, thank Mr.Branagh for making this treasure for those of us who actually read good books. (or read at all for that matter).

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