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Mary Shelley (12A)


A period drama, based on fact, which concerns the love affair between Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin.

The critical consensus

A disappointingly straightforward, romance-driven take on a fascinating story of creation, but one that’s lifted by a superb central performance by Elle Fanning.

***(*)(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 03/07/2018

The episodic structure strains out much of the suspense. For all its craft and elegance, this account of the origins of Frankenstein never really comes to life.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 05/07/2018

A confused and confusing beast.

Sophie Monks Kaufman, The Independent, 05/07/2018

Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour captures the pathos and pity of the Frankenstein story while eliciting an insouciant and poised performance from her star.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/07/2018

The tone wavers somewhere between Gossip Girl and Jane Eyre, and while it feels stretched at two hours, its teen-movie digressions work well as opportunities to apply contemporary feminist critiques to the Romantics.

***(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 08/07/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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