Dracula Reviews

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
October 23, 2014
Bela Lugosi gives his greatest performance as the mesmerizing menace from Transylvania. Dracula chilled audiences in the 1930's, and it still gives me goosebumps.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John Gholson
Cinematical
March 26, 2014
It's a case of lightning-in-a-bottle casting and there's no way of telling if anyone else as Dracula would've become the model for every single Dracula that followed.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 7, 2013
It remains the most subtly romantic and highly atmospheric rendition of Bram Stoker's tale about the Transylvanian count, with Browning orchestrating the opening scenes to macabre perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 17, 2012
...it's clear that the movie simply doesn't hold up terribly well all these years later.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 21, 2010
Lugosi's seminal performance and the striking opening act are what distinguish Browning's version of the classic tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 6, 2009
A perfect example of the worst traits of Hollywood films in the early sound era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 8, 2009
Stark, cold, and deeply sensual, "Dracula's" atmosphere and intention is rooted in a fear of unknown lust and desire from which there can be no escape. To view "Dracula" is to be bitten by the vampire's desperate attack.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Steve Biodrowski
ESplatter
November 24, 2008
A classic despite numerous flaws.
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TIME Magazine
October 15, 2008
An exciting melodrama, not as good as it ought to be but a cut above the ordinary trapdoor-and-winding-sheet type of mystery film.
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 7, 2008
A sublimated ghost story related with all surface seriousness and above all with a remarkably effective background of creepy atmosphere.
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 22, 2008
All time horror classic starring Lugosi; still creepy as blazes.
| Original Score: 5/5

Film4
September 25, 2007
Bela Lugosi gives the performance of his life in a role that might have been written just for him. Highly atmospheric throughout, this remains a milestone in horror movie history.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 25, 2007
The atmospheric opening is the best part -- moody and full of sinister potential. After that, it's stilted drawing-room talk, variably acted, except for the cultish over-the-top dementia of Dwight Frye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 25, 2007
The opening scenes, set in Dracula's castle, are magnificent -- grave, stately, and severe. But the film becomes unbearably static once the action moves to England.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Not by any means the masterpiece of fond memory or reputation, although the first twenty minutes are astonishingly fluid and brilliantly shot by Karl Freund.
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
October 8, 2005
Once you get into the rhythms of the film, you'll discover a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 12, 2005
there is a reason why Bela ended up in Ed Wood movies
| Original Score: 2.5/4
February 26, 2005
[The music] contributes to Tod Browning's marvellous tone of restrained horror and stylish after-life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
January 7, 2005
It haunted no one as much as dear Bela...
| Original Score: 5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 2, 2004
After Lugosi, all vampire performances are doomed to be compared against him as either homage or departure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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