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: 95% 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.

Dennis Harvey

An engrossing, unusual, imaginatively executed bit of psychological gamesmanship ...

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Sight and Sound

While Condon may not quite have captured an accurate Whale, he and his cast have brought a memorable creation to life.

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Michael Dequina

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

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Nick Bradshaw
Time Out

Not a complicated film, but warm and clever.

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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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Paul Tatara

An example of a reasonably challenging film that doesn't really accomplish what it sets out to do, but is nevertheless thoughtfully-conceived and contains a couple of highly enjoyable performances that keep it afloat.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
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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
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