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Victor Frankenstein

Science Fiction . Sci-Fi . Horror . Drama

Eccentric scientist Victor Von Frankenstein creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.

Actors: James McAvoy , Daniel Radcliffe , Jessica Brown Findlay , Andrew Scott , Freddie Fox , Mark Gatiss , Callum Turner , Louise Brealey , Daniel Mays , Spencer Wilding , Bronson Webb
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Country: USA
Release: 2015-11-25
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  • David Hughes

    Crackling with energy and fizzing with ideas, this fresh take on Frankenstein is a thrilling adaptation that reinvigorates a well-worn tale.

    Empire Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Daniel Radcliffe cleans up nicely as Igor, the man behind the madman who makes the monster in this, the 60th (thereabouts) film to adapt or riff on Mary Shelley’s prescient 1818 sci-fi/horror novel. Happily, director Paul McGuigan, working from a script by Max Landis, takes the story in some new directions by choosing to retell the tale from the perspective of the famed hunchback.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    A kind of mad coming-of-age yarn embellished with lightning bolts and monsters made of cadaverous flesh.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    McGuigan’s visually vivid Victor Frankenstein races to its lightning-storm finish, running over the solid (if not electrifying) acting of McAvoy and Radcliffe.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    Fun enough, but not the lightning-bolt-to-the-heart update we hoped for. For a far superior update of the Frankenstein myth, read Stephen King’s Revival.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Wendy Ide

    This Grand Guignol riot of rotting animal and Godless creations is great fun. However, of the cast, it is only McAvoy, walking the line between madman and genius, who fully manages to hold his own against the spectacle with which he shares the screen.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Kyle Anderson

    Only Radcliffe escapes unscathed, lending Igor a convincing psychology despite the ham-fistedness of the material. But he’s not enough of a reason to resurrect this story again.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    The first words spoken in Victor Frankenstein are “You know the story,” and anyone who simply mutters “Yep,” gets up, and heads back to the box office for a refund will be well ahead of the game.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Thin as a halfpenny, Victor Frankenstein has nothing to offer on science and the mysteries of creation, but it does reaffirm the grip that Shelley’s story retains on the imagination, no matter how far afield it’s taken.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Still, those who adore the two stars will find some fun here. And if you don’t “know the story,” you won’t be nearly as bored as the rest of us.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The best and creepiest sequence involves a sort of beta test, during which a patchwork chimplike creature is brought to life and rampages about.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    When all the parts are sewn together, the end result proves as crude and slapdash as the monster itself.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    This reimagining features some fun production design and a performance of undiluted bug-eyed flamboyance from James McAvoy as the titular pale student of unhallowed arts, but its reservoirs of energy and ingenuity run dry long before the finale, leaving the film to lumber to its half-hearted conclusion.

    Variety Full Review
  • Oleg Ivanov

    Victor Frankenstein is the movie version of a carnival sideshow, all smoke and mirrors, presenting a litany of human freaks and animal monstrosities to distract from the superficiality of its psychological and intellectual concerns.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    McAvoy’s performance is a deep, deep shade of gonzo and by far the most enjoyable aspect of Victor Frankenstein — you don’t often see over-acting this enthusiastic or this flecked with spittle.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Victor Frankenstein is, despite bravura performances from committed young leads Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, all kinds of obnoxious and pointless. Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    Even McAvoy’s reincarnation-obsessed Frankenstein can’t breathe vitality into this shallow adaptation, which careens from moments of horror to serious drama to attempts at comedy that don’t quite land.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    For much of the movie's running time, I wished I were watching Mel Brooks' classic take on Shelley's yarn, "Young Frankenstein." At least that one was intentionally funny.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Whether or not one should tamper in God’s domain remains a matter of opinion, but Victor Frankenstein provides evidence that mere mortals should not mess with what Ms. Shelley hath wrought.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    McAvoy and Radcliffe are actors with charm to burn, but it’s only in brief moments that their characterizations cut through the film’s pandemonium, while the jokes they’re called upon to deliver land with a thud.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The only thing about Victor Frankenstein worthy of praise is the set design. Visually, the movie is impressive but pretty pictures are better left to postcards.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Victor Frankenstein is misshapen as the bad doctor's creature itself, straining without wit or viscera to be a devilish horror romp.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Most of this is tedious instead of unintentionally amusing.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A bleak, tedious enterprise, shot in earth tones and Gothic gray and blue.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Deformed from the start, it confirms the very thing argued by its narrative – namely, the folly of unwarranted resurrections.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    A catastrophic miscalculation of a movie, Victor Frankenstein is a perfect example of a Hollywood revision that, in trying to outsmart an original, reveals what worked about said original in the first place.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Allen Salkin

    This un-terrifying film tries to find an interesting twist on the classic Frankenstein tale, but horrifically fails.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    By going exactly where you think it’s going, Victor Frankenstein doesn’t so much invent a fresh origins story as it essentially repeats, with a few uninteresting new details, all the same stuff we’ve seen in the other 457 Frankenstein movies.

    New York Post Full Review
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