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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 BooneHollywood 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. 88
    Chances are, the more you love classic cinema, the more you will find Gods is your cup of tea.
  4. There are so many colors to McKellen's performance, so many diverse emotions fleetingly play on his face, that resisting his art is out of the question. Better work by an actor will not be seen this year.
  5. 75
    An engaging character study full of lyrical images and strong performances. It's an exceedingly well-made film.
  6. Reviewed by: Jonathan Lethem
    70
    A showcase for a uniquely sympathetic virtuoso performance by legendary stage actor Ian McKellen in an otherwise minor film.
  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 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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