This luscious film restores the creature's nobility and gives him peace.
Overall, this Dracula could have been less heavy and more deliciously evil than it is, but it does offer a sumptuous engorgement of the senses.
A somewhat dispersed and overcrowded story line that remains fascinating and often affecting thanks to all its visual and conceptual energy.
This lack of a convincing central dynamic leads to the occasional sense that the film is little more than a spectacular edifice, but you'll be too spellbound to resist seduction.
With Dracula it's apparent that Mr. Coppola's talent and exuberance survive.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It is Coppola's most lavish and, certainly, his most flamboyant film; never before has he allowed himself this kind of mad experimentation.
The movie is an exercise in feverish excess, and for that if for little else, I enjoyed it.
| Original Score: 3/4
In Bram Stoker's Dracula, director Francis Ford Coppola wins endless vam-Pyrrhic victories but loses the narrative war.
Oldman is so vivid and funny as the cackling, centuries-old Dracula that we look forward to seeing what he'll do in the London scenes.
| Original Score: B-