Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to


By Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Classic monster movie still electrifies.

Movie NR 1931 71 minutes
Frankenstein Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+
age 10+

A Classic that Still Holds Up Today

This movie entertained by 12 yr olds from start to finish. The action starts immediately and, other than a one to two slow spots, keeps kids entertained throughout. Karloff's monster is perfect - a true classic movie creation. His walk, is blank facial expressions, oversized suit, and drooping eyes are perfect. The scene with the little girl might be a little disturbing for some kids. As this movie came out 4 years after sounds was brought to film, the audio can be a little grainy at times. But, this movie is well worth a watch. 'Bride of Frankenstein' is considered an equal to this movie. And, if you are ever going to see 'Young Frankenstein' with the kids, then this is an essential prerequisite.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (21 ):

Decades after its release, this classic monster movie remains just as eerie today thanks to the chilling presence of Boris Karloff as the monster. When he first appears on-screen -- a hulking, lumbering, vacant-eyed creature -- the moment is pure black-and-white horror. But Karloff also invites sympathy with his portrayal of a tragic and misunderstood being with the body and strength of an ogre but the mind and innocence of a child. Sure, the movie occasionally feels dated, and viewers might find some incidents more slapstick than scary. But overall, it holds up admirably.

Those familiar with the more famous scenes will be surprised to discover some comic relief in the character of Henry's father, a crusty old baron. Although the baron's final lines, which end the movie, may seem abrupt by today's standards, they still convey the sad, strange irony of an old man's wish for a grandson and his son's "fathering" of a kind of monster-child. This classic remains the most iconic film adaptation of the novel, even though it does stray from Shelley's original plot.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate