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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 10

    out of 100

    Variety Andrew Barker

    Utterly witless, listless, sparkless and senseless, this supernatural actioner makes one long for the comparative sophistication of the conceptually identical “Underworld” franchise (with which it shares producers and a writer).

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  • 30

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    Village Voice Alan Scherstuhl

    It doesn't come close to working, but it's sweet that they tried.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Director/screenwriter Stuart Beattie, adapting the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, employs a strictly humorless, gothic approach to the material that makes one long for the satirical touches of James Whale, let alone Mel Brooks.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Sadly, as apt as comparisons to "Underworld" might seem, I, Frankenstein can't even clear that very low bar.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Clark Collis

    To be fair, Eckhart is physically impressive and Bill Nighy and his raised eyebrow do their best in the role of demon leader Naberius. But I, Frankenstein shares something else with it's monster-hero, something much worse than its patchwork nature: The film is distinctly lacking in the soul department.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Lifeless update of classic with lots of fantasy violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that I, Frankenstein is an action/sci-fi movie, based on a comic book, that recasts the famous monster as a new kind of superhero, with super-speed and strength, and immortality. Most of the movie consists of fantasy fighting, with blades and martial arts weapons. When defeated, characters disappear into fire and light, with very little blood; the main character sustains one minor, bleeding wound so that the female character can dress it. The sculpted, chiseled main character is shown shirtless in one scene, and female characters wear somewhat sexy outfits, but otherwise sex is not an issue.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What's the difference between fantasy violence and realistic violence? Does it affect how you feel while watching?
  • How does the movie compare with the original Frankenstein story and its themes? Does man have the right to create life?
  • Is the monster a hero in this movie? How are we supposed to feel about him?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie has a muddled message about teamwork, where the main character must choose which side to fight with during a war, but in the end, he appears to have become a lone wolf again.

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    Role models: No real role models here; the characters are either dumb, mean, monosyllabic, selfish, or deluded.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The movie features constant fantasy fighting. The hero uses two heavy sticks to beat up bad guys. Various blades are also used. When villains are dispatched, they simply turn into fire and disappear. When the good guys are dispatched, they turn into blue light and ascend into the sky. The main character is wounded and the female lead stitches up a cut on his back. Only a little blood is ever shown. There's a slightly disturbing lab experiment where characters attempt to resurrect a dead rat. A giant cavern is shown, filled with dead bodies hanging on hooks, all waiting to be resurrected.

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    Sex: The main character is shown shirtless, emphasizing his sculpted arms, chest, and abs. Some of the female characters are dressed in sexy outfits.

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    Language: There's one use of "s--t."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable