'Dracula' Critic Reviews

95%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
91%
Rotten Tomatoes:   44 reviews
  • Mordaunt Hall New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    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 » 11 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    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 » 15 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The opening scenes, set in Dracula's castle, are magnificent -- grave, stately, and severe. But the film becomes unbearably static once the action moves to England.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    A sublimated ghost story related with all surface seriousness and above all with a remarkably effective background of creepy atmosphere.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Dracula deserves its status as a classic, although one might be tempted to append the word 'lesser' to that label.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    An exciting melodrama, not as good as it ought to be but a cut above the ordinary trapdoor-and-winding-sheet type of mystery film.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    50
    ...it's clear that the movie simply doesn't hold up terribly well all these years later.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dan Jardine Cinemania
    70
    Lugosi's seminal performance and the striking opening act are what distinguish Browning's version of the classic tale.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    40
    A perfect example of the worst traits of Hollywood films in the early sound era.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    92
    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 » 5 years ago
  • Steve Biodrowski ESplatter
    A classic despite numerous flaws.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com
    100
    All time horror classic starring Lugosi; still creepy as blazes.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Film4
    Bela Lugosi gives the performance of his life in a role that might have been written just for him. Highly atmospheric throughout, this remains a milestone in horror movie history.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    The atmospheric opening is the best part -- moody and full of sinister potential. After that, it's stilted drawing-room talk, variably acted, except for the cultish over-the-top dementia of Dwight Frye.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Milne Time Out
    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 » 9 years ago
  • David Cornelius eFilmCritic.com
    100
    Once you get into the rhythms of the film, you'll discover a masterpiece.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Stefan Birgir Stefansson sbs.is
    63
    there is a reason why Bela ended up in Ed Wood movies
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • S. James Wegg JWR
    80
    [The music] contributes to Tod Browning's marvellous tone of restrained horror and stylish after-life.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Emily Blunt Blunt Review
    100
    It haunted no one as much as dear Bela...
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Walter Chaw Film Freak Central
    75
    After Lugosi, all vampire performances are doomed to be compared against him as either homage or departure.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    80
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Jeremiah Kipp ToxicUniverse.com
    70
    Dracula takes place within the confines of the parlors and drawing rooms of London society, which bears a striking resemblance to Americana circa 1931.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal
    80
    Full Review » 11 years ago