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San Francisco Examiner by
One of the most complex and powerful literary scripts in recent times.
Psychologically thin, artistically flabby, and symbolically opaque.
Doesnt always convince, particularly in the last lap. But its an engrossing, unusual, imaginatively executed bit of psychological gamesmanship nonetheless.
A rich, multi- layered portrait of a director from Hollywood's Golden Age whose own life was as interesting as any of his movies.
The A.V. Club by
While McKellen's sharp performance provides the main attraction, the film wouldn't work without both Fraser, who brings something extra to a character who could easily have been a mere lunk, and director Bill Condon's careful integration of larger themes.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by
As a portrait of a deliciously eccentric individual, Gods and Monsters features a vivid performance from Ian McKellen that makes you think not of James Whale but of Ian McKellen.
L.A. Weekly by
Curiously, one of the film's stranger effects is that it's more convincing as a meditation on desire and Hollywood than as a biographical exploration.
Chicago Sun-Times by
Gods and Monsters is not a deep or powerful film, but it is a good-hearted one.
The New Republic by
Lynn Redgrave is nearly incomprehensible as the housekeeper with some sort of housekeeperly accent. [Dec. 14, 1998]
Beyond the fantastic contrivances of Gods and Monsters, these performances are startlingly human.
After being sent to live with family in rural Sweden after his mother falls ill, a young boy finds community and strength amongst the eccentric residents.
What's politics without a scandal or two?
A small Canadian mountain community is devastated after an accident leaves a number of its children dead.
In a South American prison, a gay man imprisoned for immoral behavior and a political prisoner come to understand and respect one another.
We follow Pip, and orphan in Victorian England, as he learns the ways of high society.
The most significant reserved seat attraction of the year!
In a world of rituals, in a place of secrets, a man must choose between keeping the faith and exposing the truth.