• 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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A perfect example of the worst traits of Hollywood films in the early sound era.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 4/10

October 6, 2009
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...it's clear that the movie simply doesn't hold up terribly well all these years later.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

November 17, 2012

there is a reason why Bela ended up in Ed Wood movies

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 12, 2005
John Gholson

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.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

March 26, 2014
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2002
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
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
Alan Jones
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 7, 2013
Scott Weinberg

Still the best American take on the infamous bloodsucker.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

| Original Score: 5/5

August 5, 2002
Cole Smithey

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

May 8, 2009
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
Tom Milne
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
David Cornelius

Once you get into the rhythms of the film, you'll discover a masterpiece.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

October 8, 2005
Variety Staff
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A sublimated ghost story related with all surface seriousness and above all with a remarkably effective background of creepy atmosphere.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 7, 2008
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 Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

January 20, 2003
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

It haunted no one as much as dear Bela...

| Original Score: 5/5

January 7, 2005
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Creepily beautiful.

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

January 1, 2000
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