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Metascore

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100
Entertainment Weekly
Achieves its exquisite tension--deepening beautifully from a "Death in Venice" setup to an imaginative meditation, on art and life, of uncommon sensitivity.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
An actors' feast.
100
San Francisco Examiner
One of the most complex and powerful literary scripts in recent times.
90
Rolling Stone
Elegantly witty and haunting . . . McKellen gives the performance of his career . . . and Brendan Fraser excels.
88
USA Today
Chances are, the more you love classic cinema, the more you will find Gods is your cup of tea.
88
New York Daily News
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.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Gods and Monsters is not a deep or powerful film, but it is a good-hearted one.
75
An engaging character study full of lyrical images and strong performances. It's an exceedingly well-made film.
75
Christian Science Monitor
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.
75
ReelViews
A rich, multi- layered portrait of a director from Hollywood's Golden Age whose own life was as interesting as any of his movies.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
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.

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