• Unrated, 1 hr. 15 min.
  • Classics, Horror
  • Directed By:
    Tod Browning
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 1931 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 28, 2001
  • Universal Pictures


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Dracula Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Bathed in an atmosphere of nightmare, dread and otherworldliness that is unlike anything else in American horror cinema.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 6, 2003
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
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With Mr. Browning's imaginative direction and Mr. Lugosi's makeup and weird gestures, this picture succeeds to some extent in its grand guignol intentions.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2003
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Despite its reputation as a horror classic, Dracula is tedious, stagebound and dull; saved only by Lugosi's perfomance.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 19, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...the film survives as a classic horror tale largely because of Lugosi's distinctive portrayal as Dracula.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

November 4, 2002
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The film's superbly weird acting and cinematography haven't changed, but Universal's new video edition features a freshly written score by Philip Glass, the world-famous minimalist composer.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 2/4

September 26, 2002
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

When Bela Lugosi died he was buried wearing one of his original silk capes. Forever cloaked, he casts his shadow still.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

September 26, 2002
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Campy by today's standards, but still the melancholic master of fright flicks.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 3, 2002
Scott Weinberg

Still the best American take on the infamous bloodsucker.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

É uma pena que o vampiro absoluto das telas, Bela Lugosi, não tenha estrelado um filme perene como a lenda em que ele se tornou.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 3/5

May 31, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a motion picture for people who love motion pictures, their history, and their evolution. It is a self-recommending classic.

| Original Score: 7/10

April 9, 2001
Christopher Null

While Lugosi is of course memorable, don't forget Helen Chandler's Mina, who communicates more through her eyes than virtually any other actress caught on film.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 13, 2001
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Bela Lugosi is inspired in the role of the vampire. One can no longer label it a good performance or a bad performance. Lugosi embodies the role.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Dracula (1931) is one of the earliest classic American horror films from Universal Pictures - an acclaimed masterpiece directed by Tod Browning

Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

January 1, 2000
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Creepily beautiful.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Dracula deserves its status as a classic, although one might be tempted to append the word 'lesser' to that label.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Certainly it is Lugosi's performance, and the cinematography of Karl Freund, that make Tod Browning's film such an influential Hollywood picture.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 4/5

September 21, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 4/5

June 19, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

| Original Score: 4/5

March 22, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

September 5, 2003
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