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  • Summary: Hollywood history comes to life in this tale of the last days of Frankenstein director James Whale (McKellen). Long forgotten by the studios, Whale has retired to pursue painting and a life of leisure. Gods and Monsters explores his final fascination with a handsome gardener, Clayton Boone (Fraser). (Lions Gate Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Bob Stephens
    100
    One of the most complex and powerful literary scripts in recent times.
  2. 90
    A profoundly moving human drama, a quasi love story about two lost men who form an unlikely friendship.
  3. It has the most beautiful ending of any American film in years, a coda of reconciliation and remembrance set in a gentle L.A. rain.
  4. Eminently watchable thanks to strong performances from its three leads (McKellen, Redgrave, Fraser).
  5. Although the film doesn't probe Whale's personality as deeply as it might, the acting is excellent and movie buffs will enjoy its behind-the-scenes references and nostalgic film clips.
  6. 70
    The relationship is touching, painful, revealing, and often funny, which is true of the film as a whole as well.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    Psychologically thin, artistically flabby, and symbolically opaque.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  1. HaleyA.
    Apr 7, 2008
    10
    Amazing film! Probably one of the best films about alternative lifestyles ever made, and surely one of the most genuine and understanding film dealing with that subject. Ian McKellen is wonderful as James Whale, and, I think, should have won the Oscar that he lost out on. Brendan Fraser delivers one of his best performances, and was sadly overlooked by many critics. This is a very touching story about two lonely men (a rich, gay, former film director, and a straight, ex-marine, gardener) that form a friendship and help to mend each others wounds, so to speak. If you haven't seen this film, give it a look. It's a beautiful work of art that has gone somewhat unnoticed. Expand

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