Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley

Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth star in this period drama following young author Mary Shelley as she's inspired to write iconic novel Frankenstein.

Mary Shelley, her step sister, and the poet Percy Shelley leave London to travel, drink, and shag their way around Europe, with the trio ending up at Lord Byron's Swiss holiday mansion. There, the reading of ghost stories turns into a challenge for the group to each write one themselves... 

2017Rating: PG, Coarse language & sex scenes120 minsUSA, UK, Luxembourg
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical
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Vulture

Vulture

press

It boggles the mind that anyone would try to make something mannered from her wild, sad, huge life...a dismal book report that the author herself would have declared fusty.

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Variety

Variety

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Impressively shot and suffused with a righteous feminist fire, the film is undercut by a confused and clunky script and a fundamental lack of thematic focus, turning an extraordinary story into didactic and disjointed melodrama.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A reminder that England in the early 19th century remains a rich repository of stories and characters, and era that can be made to feel charmingly quaint and bracingly modern, on both the page and the screen.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Mary Shelley is a diverting enough biopic that features decent performances through an often vivid lens, but given the unusual facts of the author's life, a far more offbeat and far less rigid film could have been made here.

3.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

An intelligent balance between romantic drama and literary biography that could hold a solid appeal for upscale arthouse audiences.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Celebrates Mary Shelley for the trailblazing woman that she is, but hews far too close to convention to truly represent her life.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Elle Fanning's central performance adds needed weight, but all around her the tone is bizarre and the performances hammy.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A passionate film about a woman's ideas.

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Vulture

Vulture

press

It boggles the mind that anyone would try to make something mannered from her wild, sad, huge life...a dismal book report that the author herself would have declared fusty.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Impressively shot and suffused with a righteous feminist fire, the film is undercut by a confused and clunky script and a fundamental lack of thematic focus, turning an extraordinary story into didactic and disjointed melodrama.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A reminder that England in the early 19th century remains a rich repository of stories and characters, and era that can be made to feel charmingly quaint and bracingly modern, on both the page and the screen.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Mary Shelley is a diverting enough biopic that features decent performances through an often vivid lens, but given the unusual facts of the author's life, a far more offbeat and far less rigid film could have been made here.

3.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

An intelligent balance between romantic drama and literary biography that could hold a solid appeal for upscale arthouse audiences.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Celebrates Mary Shelley for the trailblazing woman that she is, but hews far too close to convention to truly represent her life.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Elle Fanning's central performance adds needed weight, but all around her the tone is bizarre and the performances hammy.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A passionate film about a woman's ideas.

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