Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein (1974)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 15, 1974
DVD Release Date: November 3, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Made with obvious affection for the original, Young Frankenstein is a riotously silly spoof featuring a fantastic performance by Gene Wilder.

John H. Dorr
Hollywood Reporter

It is good-natured, lowbrow, backlot, hit-or-miss humor, but with no cumulative effect beyond its succession of hard-worked jokes.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

For a really delightful parody, James Whale's own Bride of Frankenstein is far better value.

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Edward Lawrenson
The Big Issue

It's Mel Brooks at his most daft and puerile: sophisticated and silly, a black-and-white art film with schlong jokes.

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Neil Smith
Total Film

Well worth a watch.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

More about the myth of Karloff than the monster, this Mel Brooks pastiche is probably his best early film.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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?

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Jason Bailey

The Brooks of 'Young Frankenstein' isn't really skewering the conventions of the horror movie - he's paying tribute to them, and using them as scaffolding for his particular brand of goofy, Borscht Belt burlesque.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Jacob Ethington
The art of the spoof has been lost in recent years, or at least a fundamental understanding of what makes the greatest spoofs work at the most basic level. What… More
Melvin White
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Please! Remain in your seats, I beg you! We are not children here, we are scientists! I assure you there is nothing to fear! … More
Christian C
Clever satire of old Hollywood horror films. Great over-the-top performances by Wilder and Kahn.
Albert Kim
Don't remember much but much like many older movies, the pacing becomes very rewarding and in this case, funny. A surprising hit for me.
Alex roy
Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein is a fine horror comedy that remains a classic of the genre. This is one film that is very funny, with good acting and… More
Tim Salmons
Comedic gold was spun in 1974 when Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder hatched and laid the masterpiece that was Young Frankenstein. It's one of the most popular… More