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Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) Reviews

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Andrew Lowry
Total Film
October 14, 2014
Nosferatu is the seminal moment for horror cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 14, 2014
So this is it: ground zero, the birth of horror cinema.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
Nosferatu remains the best vampire movie of all time. It possesses a strain of sheer dread not captured by any subsequent bloodsucker film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
December 19, 2013
Whatever your opinion regarding intellectual property, I'm sure you'll agree we're fortunate that the movie survived, even in its various contested and truncated forms.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
November 19, 2013
The movie's best effect is its star...He looks every bit like an actual demonic wild-thing, retrieved from deep within the German wilderness and trotted out to perform for Murnau's camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 1, 2013
Still one of the scariest, most unnerving films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
October 24, 2013
There is pure expressionist inspiration in Murnau's juxtaposition of the malign wolves and the terrified old women: a poetry of fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
August 21, 2013
It is the sort of thing one could watch at midnight without its having much effect upon one's slumbering hours.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 21, 2013
Never mind that much of the story of this first important screen version of the Dracula legend seems corny and dated, for what counts is its atmosphere and its images, which are timeless in their power.
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Dennis Lim
Los Angeles Times
August 21, 2013
Less frightening than haunting, Murnau's film conjures a persistent atmosphere of dread and decay, thanks in part to Max Schreck's immortal performance as Orlok.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 21, 2013
It's not just a great horror movie. It's a poem of horror, a symphony of dread, a film so rapt, mysterious and weirdly lovely it haunts the mind long after it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 21, 2013
Count Orlock, played by the hideous Max Schreck, creeps through Murnau's archetypal silent imagery with a mesmerising authority that retains a surprising amount of tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
August 21, 2013
The metaphysical style is most vividly rendered by Murnau's obsessive use of point-of-view shots, which force a viewer to follow the characters into the abyss of their terrifying visions.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 10, 2010
'Nosferatu' is worthwhile on two counts: mise-en-scène and the actor who is the title (and sole) vampire.
Rob Gonsalves
July 13, 2009
Most likely the first horror film to express something beyond simple chills and thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 24, 2009
Contains some truly iconic moments, but too much of it, i.e. any scene without Orlock, is less than stellar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
February 11, 2009
His body is twisted and perverted, gnarling in on itself and constantly invading the personal space of the people around him.
Dustin Putman
October 9, 2008
A landmark motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
May 16, 2008
Murnau proved his directorial artistry in Sunrise for Fox about three years earlier, but in this picture he's a master artisan demonstrating not only a knowledge of the subtler side of directing but in photography.
March 2, 2008
Still quite eerie
| Original Score: 4/4
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