Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

This version of the classic horror tale closely follows Shelley's book. The story begins in the Arctic Sea as the feverish Baron Victor von Frankenstein is rescued by a passing ship. He tells the skeptical captain the ghastly story of… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: November 4, 1994
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is ambitious and visually striking, but the overwrought tone and lack of scares make for a tonally inconsistent experience.

Variety Staff

Kenneth Branagh has indeed created a monster, but not the kind he originally envisioned.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Branagh is very obsessed with chewing the scenery. So much so that he even manages to outdo Robert DeNiro.

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David Ansen

Watching the movie work itself into an operatic frenzy, one remains curiously detached: the grand gestures are there, but where's the music?

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Branagh doesn't evoke terror, only repulsion.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Not frightening, just silly.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
With a sophisticated direction, awesome make-up and a beautiful score, this underrated adaptation does an excellent job to expand and enrich Shelley's… More
Alex roy
This adaptation by Kenneth Branagh is much like Coppola's version of Dracula, they are very close to the original works of their respective creators.… More
Phil Hubbs
Slightly better than 'Bram stokers Dracula' in the sense that its more sensible and realistic with less cheese haha De Niro is believeable as the… More
Drew Smith
Sure, it's the most faithful adaptation of Mary Shelley's book to date, but when all it amounts to is constant breathless hysteria, why would you even… More
Bethany Murphy
Sajin P A
Except for De Niro's portrayal of 'The Creature', everything else about this movie was just plain mediocre. The main problem with the movie was… More