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"Screenwriters Hurlbut & Balderston and Director James Whale have given it the macabre intensity proper to all good horror pieces, but have substituted a queer kind of mechanistic pathos for the sheer evil that was Frankenstein."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Another astonishing chapter in the career of the Monster."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"James Whale's extravagantly produced sequel to his own Frankenstein still ranks as one of horrordom's greatest achievements."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"A must for anyone with even a passing interest in horror, this not only confirms Karloff as a master of the genre, but also shows, more than any of Whale's subsequent films, the influence of his vision."
‑ , Film4
"The greatest of all the Frankenstein films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Karloff manages to invest the character with some subtleties of emotion that are surprisingly real and touching."
‑ , Variety
"Whale's most perfectly realised movie, a delight from start to finish."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"Whale's erudite genius brings it all together. He sculpts every nuance of self-parody, social satire, horror, humour, wit and whimsy into a dazzling whole, keeping every one of his fantastical plates spinning until the tragic, inevitable finale."
‑ Simon Braund, Empire Magazine
"Classic - the pinnacle of Universal horror"
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"Whale added an element of playful sexuality to this version, casting the proceedings in a bizarre visual framework that makes this film a good deal more surreal than the original."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Seen today, Whale's masterpiece is more surprising than when it was made because today's audiences are more alert to its buried hints of homosexuality, necrophilia and sacrilege. But you don't have to deconstruct it to enjoy it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This was to be [director James Whale's] last horror film. Small wonder; what could he possibly have left to prove?"
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"one of the greatest movies i've ever seen"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"My Big Fat Monster Wedding."
‑ James Plath, Reel.com
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