Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Director Kenneth Branagh's interpretation of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel stars Robert DeNiro as a terrifying monster created in an obsessive attempt to defeat death and stretch the limits of medicine in the early 19th century. With the use of flashback, a dying Dr. Viktor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh) divulges a tale of gruesome terror to a sea captain (Aidan Quinn): As a medical student, the rebellious Frankenstein elaborates on the work of a brilliant scientist (John Cleese), successfully bringing to life a "man" assembled from the body parts of corpses. Upon… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

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"Kenneth Branagh has indeed created a monster, but not the kind he originally envisioned."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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
"Branagh is very obsessed with chewing the scenery. So much so that he even manages to outdo Robert DeNiro."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"I'm inclined to give it an 8 now. The more you watch, the more you appreciate how Branagh was able to faithfully retell Shelley's novel while still managing to make it fresh and make it relevant."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A weirdly muddled and embarrassingly over-the-top fiasco."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Watching the movie work itself into an operatic frenzy, one remains curiously detached: the grand gestures are there, but where's the music?"
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Branagh doesn't evoke terror, only repulsion."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Branagh's ambitious take succeeds as a cautionary tale about true monstrosity: hubris and man's inhumanity to man. But one man's operatic style is another man's unintentionally comical excess, and...Frankenstein certainly tempts fate... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Uma das mais fiéis e complexas adaptações da história original, respeitando seus temas principais mesmo que desviando-se, aqui e ali, de pontos específicos da trama."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A sub par effort on one of the most frequently ill adapted stories ever made"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"Not frightening, just silly."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"As this movie switches, unevenly, from swashbuckling adventure to classic horror to frilly-shirted romance to campiness to graphic gorefest, there's no telling what you're watching."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Clearly, one person's authentic homage is another person's overwrought teeth-gnashing fest, as Branagh's film never hesitates to slop on the melodramatic mustard."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Different look at the old Frankenstein story, directed by Branagh."
‑ Steve Crum,
"For all its attention to detail and special effects, this version lacks the pathos and tragedy in the complex and ambivalent relationship between the father-creator and his creature-monster; De Niro is misguided by director Branagh."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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