Son of Frankenstein
Son of Frankenstein (1939)

The most elaborate--and longest--of Universal's Frankenstein series, Son of Frankenstein represents Boris Karloff's last appearance in the role of the Monster. The title character is played by Basil Rathbone, who with wife Josephine… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1939
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boris Karloff's final appearance as the Monster is a fitting farewell before the series descended into self-parody.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

[Bela Lugosi] pretty much steals the movie in his last really juicy role.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The set, shot in a style reminiscent of the German Expressionist classics, is superb.

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While the film sorely misses the guiding hand of director Whale, it has enough of the old Universal atmosphere to be of interest.

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Variety Staff

Well mounted, nicely directed, and includes cast of capable artists.

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New York Times

Its silliness is deliberate -- a very shrewd silliness, perpetrated by a good director in the best traditions of cinematic horror.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

Basil Rathbone plays the title role in this average horror flick about reviving the creature for a second time.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A strangely literary and leisurely monster movie, laced with amusing gothic doodles.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

The third instalment of Universal's classic series features Boris Karloff's last fling as the Monster and is a superior shocker all round.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A surprisingly good effort to extend the narrative of the first two films in a manner both intelligent and likely.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
Repeating the sins of the father is an overriding theme in ‚~Son of Frankenstein‚(TM) and the film doesn‚(TM)t tread lightly around it. Trying to tame and… More
Wahida K
I saw this once. It is so Amazin to watch the mid 30 Horror Movies with Boris Karloff.
Randy Tippy
In spite of great casting, without James Whale at the helm the overall result is campy and less artful. Not a horrible film but not in the same league as… More
Chris Garman
Boris Karloff returns for another round as the monster in Son of Frankenstein, but he isn't the creepiest role in the film. That would have to go to Bela… More
Aj V
This movie has a fantastic cast, an interesting story, and a classic monster, but it could have been a better movie. Still, I enjoyed it mostly.
Cindy I
Finally made it all the way through this. Not a long film, just couldn't stay awake. Not bad, but can't stand up with its earlier siblings,… More