Gods and Monsters
Gods and Monsters (1998)

Hollywood history comes to life in this tale of the last days of Frankenstein director James Whale, played by Sir Ian McKellen. Long forgotten by the studios, Whale has retired to pursue painting and a life of leisure. Gods and Monsters… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 8, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gods and Monsters is a spellbinding, confusing piece of semi-fiction, featuring fine performances; McKellen leads the way, but Redgrave and Fraser don't lag far behind.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It may not be history, but what a glorious imagining it is.

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Rob Gonsalves

A parable worthy of Mary Shelley herself.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Ian McKellen shines in this well-acted drama about a mysterious Hollywood celebrity.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Catches a life and its relation to art. One imagines that James Whale would not have turned over in his grave in horror.

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Emanuel Levy

Condon's indie is narrwoly focused in depicting James Whale's personal and professional frustrations as an old man, but Ian McKellen, who must have felt strong affinity with the openly gay director, gives an astonishingly sophisticated performance.

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Karina Montgomery

I can't remember the last time I was so emotionally pounded by a film...Ian McKellan is a god.

Michael Dequina

The film clearly belongs to McKellen, whose presence is what makes the film as affecting at it is.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

travels far beyond the usual chronological re-telling of highlights

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

A smart picture, if not a brilliant one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
I think there is an interesting film in here, but it is severely hampered by a poor script and a dreadful performance by Brandon Fraser. I know what you are… More
Cassandra Maples
A trio of excellent performances adorn "Gods and Monsters", Bill Condon's film about the elderly James Whale, one-time Hollywood director.… More
Jennifer D
First of all, to the reviewer who said you felt molested watching this movie. You're homophoic and should see someone about that. I thought it was really… More
Anthony Lawrie
A very sweet film about James Whale?s last few days. Ian McKellen?s performance is great as always.
Robert C
A very touching and sometimes ammusing look at the life of film Director James Whale. It is also a very telling look at the sad results of Hollywood's… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>James Whale: "My life is a game of strip poker. Want to play?"</i> The last days of Frankenstein director James Whale are explored.… More