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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 30
  2. Negative: 10 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 9, 2014
    70
    As effective and fat-free as its sinewy star, Luke Evans, Dracula Untold proves an absorbing, swiftly comprehensive origin tale.
  2. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Oct 10, 2014
    63
    The good news barely outweighs the bad in Dracula Untold, a lightweight war-adventure that is ultimately stranger and more enticing when it remembers it's also a horror film.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Oct 9, 2014
    58
    He's a romantic and a psychopath and creature of the night. Sadly, Dracula Untold, with its humorless aura and been-there-done-that feel, doesn't allow Evans to inhabit many of these aspects. Instead, Dracula Untold feels largely uninspired.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Oct 2, 2014
    40
    It’s no-frills, B-movie modesty might have been winning, if it weren’t so dashed-off.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Oct 9, 2014
    40
    Looking for plausibility in a movie called Dracula Untold is as pointless as looking for humor or personality in Mr. Evans’s dour performance.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 9, 2014
    38
    The origins story Dracula Untold is Dracula unbold — unoriginal, unimaginative and utterly non-unprecedented. This Vlad the Impaler has all the edge of Vlasic the pickle.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Oct 7, 2014
    20
    Drab, silly and mind-numbing, this Dracula is strictly for the suckers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 83
  2. Negative: 8 out of 83
  1. Oct 10, 2014
    10
    If you like Dracula movies, this gives a nice entertaining twist on the Dracula, almost restoring his reputation as a person who had a reasonIf you like Dracula movies, this gives a nice entertaining twist on the Dracula, almost restoring his reputation as a person who had a reason to do bad things for a good reason. But the best thing about the movie is Luke Evans. He's got such a strong pretense! Almost handsome, but what's more important is how strong he looks. Someone you would trust if he asked you to. If he is our first gay actor to make it as a leading man, it's because he's so manly looking and both men and women will love him. We shall see if this is the beginning of a leading man career for him. I've noticed him before, and he stands out in smaller roles. Zachary Quinto is the cerebral type, Luke Evans is sexy. He was also believable as to his extreme love for his wife. She was good too, but Luke is a standout! Expand
  2. Nov 14, 2014
    10
    this movie is great i have no idea why all the critics are giving it such a rough time... the story as intriguing and the effects were great.this movie is great i have no idea why all the critics are giving it such a rough time... the story as intriguing and the effects were great. i think luke evens killed it in this role. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2014
    9
    I enjoyed the movie immensely! The graphics (contrast between the light and dark, red and black) were stunning, music was crafted artfullyI enjoyed the movie immensely! The graphics (contrast between the light and dark, red and black) were stunning, music was crafted artfully with the scenes, and Luke Evans displayed an array of emotions, fierceness and artistic intensity with prowess! As far as I am concerned the movie did not disappoint; I walked away from the movie theater thoroughly entertained and looking forward to watching it again on DVD! Expand
  4. Oct 17, 2014
    7
    Distinctly I remember the warm summer evening during which a friend of mine linked me a movie poster, proceeded by the question "CastlevaniaDistinctly I remember the warm summer evening during which a friend of mine linked me a movie poster, proceeded by the question "Castlevania the movie 2, is that you?" (we reffer to Van Helsing as Castlevania the movie 1). That's how I came to know of Dracula Untold. The poster indeed looked very much like something out of Castlevania, particularly - Lords of Shadow. As an avid fan of Castlevania and vampires in general, I kept an eye on this movie. Some time passed and there came a trailer. After watching it, I was officially hyped. Everything looked awesome - plot, acting, action: It was the first movie to fuse real historical facts about Vlad and the famous Vampirism of Dracula we all know and love. After the slew of awful vampire movies in recent years, this one showed promise and potential. I really couldn't wait to see this film. Last night, finally - I did. It IS Castlevania THE movie. And I loved it!
    Gaming jokes aside, Dracula Untold is a good movie. I expected far less, even at all the hype I had.
    This is director Gary Shore's first full feature, and he did a very, very good job with it. Writing was fine, with a few exceptions: times where the movie didn't care to explain it's mythology, or to explain it well enough. Also there were a few moments when it tells you stories, instead of showing them to you, particularly - the introduction and outro. The cinematography was done very well, most of the movie is beautifully captured, with the right atmosphere perfectly implemented. Action scenes are very intense, it's very fun to watch Dracula use his powers to crush hundreds of people. The overall plot was nice; it is true that the movie takes it's absurd liberties, but none are that bothersome. It is also true that it seems as if it is making preparations for a sequel, but it's not as much as everyone says it is. Soundwork was solid, the music - unexceptional.
    Acting was surprisingly good. All the actors were acceptable at the very least. Luke Evans creates a different, interesting Dracula; I would have enjoyed seeing more of him with his family, or of his troubled past, however the movie does not manage to find time (or money) to do this. The showstealer in this flick is Charles Dance, who plays the Master Vampire, he played his part superbly, and if there is a sequel, I can't wait to see more of him.
    Overall, Dracula Untold was a great film. It deserves a 7/10, but I'm giving it an 8. I was extremely hyped for this movie and even at that I had a lot of fun with it. If you are a Dracula, Castlevania or Vampire movie fan - go see this flick, it's worth the time and you will enjoy it. If you are not, you may want to wait to rent it out, but either way - it's worth a view, because it's simply a very competent, good movie that you are going to enjoy. It's good to see vampire movies going back to basics and recovering from that one infection.
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  5. Jan 22, 2015
    6
    Evans is a good lead and Dance was a note worthy addition as well. The plot was solid and the action was entertaining enough. I honestlyEvans is a good lead and Dance was a note worthy addition as well. The plot was solid and the action was entertaining enough. I honestly wouldn't mind seeing a sequel in theaters as long as both Evans and Dance return. Expand
  6. Oct 24, 2014
    5
    Dracula Untold is a film that leaves me wanting more. I wanted more darkness, more conflict, more of Dracula being a villain, more vampireDracula Untold is a film that leaves me wanting more. I wanted more darkness, more conflict, more of Dracula being a villain, more vampire law explored. This film didn’t really give me enough. It started off on a lot of routes but didn’t finish them. I will say there are some decent action sequences there and I think the idea of turning Dracula into an action hero, while admirable, doesn’t really work.

    This film could be good for people who don’t really know that much about Dracula and just want a decent action film or a decent period action film, and hey if you like the idea of crossing Thirty Days of Night with The Lord of the Rings, you might get something out of this. But if you really enjoy the iconic character of Dracula and his history, this film is not for you. We will just have to keep waiting for that actual definitive version of Dracula.
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  7. Nov 14, 2014
    0
    This is the worst Dracula movie I've ever seen. Althought If we put the historical mistakes aside acting was terrible, story was unappealing,This is the worst Dracula movie I've ever seen. Althought If we put the historical mistakes aside acting was terrible, story was unappealing, script was absurd. Vlad turns into Dracula for just saving his people and when he did that he tried to kill himself I mean come on this is not the Dracula profile I know. What a nonsense even for a fiction movie. All in all just a huge waste of time for me. Expand

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