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Dracula Reviews

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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
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 19, 2003
Despite its reputation as a horror classic, Dracula is tedious, stagebound and dull; saved only by Lugosi's perfomance.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
May 12, 2005
there is a reason why Bela ended up in Ed Wood movies
| Original Score: 2.5/4
John Gholson
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Dracula deserves its status as a classic, although one might be tempted to append the word 'lesser' to that label.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Still the best American take on the infamous bloodsucker.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 5, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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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
October 8, 2005
Once you get into the rhythms of the film, you'll discover a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
October 7, 2008
A sublimated ghost story related with all surface seriousness and above all with a remarkably effective background of creepy atmosphere.
Christopher Null
February 13, 2001
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
January 7, 2005
It haunted no one as much as dear Bela...
| Original Score: 5/5
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