**** out of 5
One of the best adaptations of this classic tale. Boris Karloff gave a more interesting and iconic performance, but this is a more interesting story, and more closely connected to the original Mary Shelley novel. I like that they jettisoned a lot of the cliche elements, like the grave-digging jigsaw-puzzle version in favor of a creation story that is more like the book, and more truly an act of creation than reanimation. also gone is the "abnormal brain" trope, in favor of the more faithful concept of an intelligent, thinking, speaking creature who begins innocent, but is twisted by the abuse he is treated to in reaction to his gruesome appearance. Also, no Stitches or neck studs. Check it out.