Young Frankenstein
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In this spoof of Mary Shelley's gothic tale, the grandson of Victor Frankenstein, a neurosurgeon, has spent his life living down the legend of his grandfather, even changing the pronunciation of his name. When he discovers his grandfather's diary, he begins to feel differently, and returns to the family castle to satisfy his curiosity by replicating his ancestor's experiments. In the process, he creates one very unique monster.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Wilder's hysteria seems perfectly natural. You never question what's driving him to it; his fits are lucid and total. They take him into a different dimension -- he delivers what Harpo promised."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"It shows artistic growth and a more sure-handed control of the material by a director who once seemed willing to do literally anything for a laugh. It's more confident and less breathless."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a wonderful, iconic comedy. Mel Brooks' masterpiece!"
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Brooks' corniness yields plenty of belly laughs."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"A deathless comedy classic [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"More about the myth of Karloff than the monster, this Mel Brooks pastiche is probably his best early film."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Some of the gags don't work, but fewer than in any previous Brooks film that I've seen, and when the jokes are meant to be bad, they are riotously poor. What more can one ask of Mel Brooks?"
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"One of Mel Brooks' most brilliant and immortal cinematic works to date..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This is a fine horror film that also turns (miraculously) into an existential tale of man's fear of abandonment"
‑ Dan Jardine, Slant Magazine
"Most of the gags were juvenile."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"For a really delightful parody, James Whale's own Bride of Frankenstein is far better value."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Young Frankenstein emerges as a reverently satirical salute to the 1930s horror film genre."
‑ , Variety
"Thus funny, well acted parody of Unievrsal horror films of the 1930s is without a doubt Mel Brooks' best picture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Say this for Brooks - he saw women as comedic equals, and they continually proved him right."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"...an unswervingly funny yet loving and beautifully crafted homage, something more artful and lasting than the usual pull-my-finger farce or focus-grouped Scary Movie lowballer."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
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