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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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Drab, silly and mind-numbing, this Dracula is strictly for the suckers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 55
  2. Negative: 7 out of 55
  1. Oct 10, 2014
    If 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. Oct 13, 2014
    This movie was **** epic. The only thing that could have been done better was getting the wife of the main character to have less melodramatic / out of place lines, but that's a problem on the writers side.

    Great actors, great story, great effects. Thoroughly impressed and enjoyed spending money to see this, unlike so many other movies I go see. Also, comparing this movie to the retarded way that most vampires are portrayed today, from the twinkling emo douches of Twilight to the sex craved vapid fangers of True Blood, it was refreshing to see vampires in a movie that not only were deadly, powerful, and yes, even scary, but also retained their humanity and had more to their character development than "I want to bang you" or "you don't get me".

    If you even slightly like medieval or supernatural stuff, this movie is for you. Finally a good vampire movie. I feel better now lol.
  3. Nov 8, 2014
    I saw this movie because it was Halloween. I came out of the theater very happy. It was a lot better than what i expected. Good acting, good action, and a good story line. It wasn't just another blood and gore Dracula movie. Expand
  4. Oct 29, 2014
    Universal's 'Dracula' Untold was much better than i thought it was gonna be. Like Maleficent, it doesn't completely reboot the character but simply re imagines the character, by the way this way better than Maleficent in my opinion. Knowing this is what Universal wants to use to help kick off their Cinematic Universe (with 'The Mummy' reboot coming in 2016) well that's fine with me because Luke Evans does a good job in the role and the feel i get for it being dark like the Dark Knight Trilogy is alright as far as i'm concerned because it works here probably due to the fact that it's about a darkness seeking, blood sucking, vampire. But the movie has some flaws, If you know anything about Dracula (or have at least seen the Coppola version that came out years ago) then you already know how the story ends and the movie is sorta predictable in the third act. But the visuals are really nice and the big battle scenes are really good. Expand
  5. Oct 19, 2014
    Dracula Untold is composed of a couple terrific scenes, a couple terrible scenes, and a lot of filler in between them which in result makes the movie average at best. So let's start of with the best part of the movie, Luke Evans.

    Mr. Evans makes for a fantastic Vlad The Impaler, but is too soon to say if he will make a good Dracula. This movie is more about the transformation of a man into a monster, not the monster itself. So again, the jury is still out for Evans as Dracula if a sequel is ever made.

    Another fascinating aspect of the movie is the production design. The costumes, armors, castles, and fields are just simply perfect and fitting for this modern take on Dracula. In fact, the production design is the only aspect of the movie that reminds us of the Gothic nature of Dracula.

    The action scenes are also very well handled, specially at the beginning and at the end. There's a middle section in the movie were the action is overshadowed by painfully mediocre character development. Yet, when the action is good is REALLY good and exciting.

    Besides Evans, Charles Dance (aka Tywin Lanister) is not on screen often but when does appear he is truly fantastic. But nobody will expect any less from Mr. Dance. However, besides Evans and Dance the rest of the cast is truly mediocre. Maybe it was the dialogue or the acting, I can't tell. But in particular Vlad's wife and son are two particular characters that are truly annoying.

    Now, the true problem with this film is the obvious attempt on making Dracula into some sort of super hero. Sure, I'm not against that at all. I'm a fan of turning monsters into some sort of anti-hero like Hellboy or Swamp Thing. But it's clear that the goal here is not to only make Dracula a hero, but to make him almost a mirror image of some of Marvel's cinematic champions.

    The Universal Monsters are NOT and will never be the Marvel heroes. I love the original classic monsters, and I have my heart and mind open to see more of them in the upcoming years. Yet, I hope that Universal Studios finds their own ground in attempting to create a cinematic universe. What worked for Marvel won't work for Universal, as much as they might want to make Dracula (or any of the other monsters) compelling, they will never be Captain America. Simply because they are not meant to be.

    If Dracula Untold is the first chapter of the Universal Monster's cinematic universe reboot, is an OK one at best. It has potential to be so much more, and I hope the upcoming Mummy movie really takes things in the proper direction.
  6. Oct 12, 2014
    A lot of ruined potential. In the movie, Vlad is portrayed as a hero, loved by his people, with a past of some things he was not proud of. In the movie, Vlad fights valiantly to defend his family and his people, doing whatever it takes to defeat insurmountable odds. This is quite the contrary to what the actual Vlad was, both historically and in Stoker's novel. Obviously the character was morphed to be a lovable guy to appeal to audiences. Instead of being a dark, suspenseful, horror movie that befits the actual Vlad, the movie is a action oriented, root for this guy movie that Hollywood is already saturated with. Putting aside the clear morphing of established story/lore for appeal, the movie clearly cuts some tones down to cut the PG-13 rating. Anything Vlad should, naturally, be rated R in my opinion, but again, this movie is made to appeal to teenagers and heart-throb desiring women, so that is disappointing.

    I wouldn't say that the movie is terrible, but it is not good either. Way too much lost potential in the story, the characters, and the atmosphere. Parts of the story leave the viewer hanging, not knowing what becomes of those story arcs. The ending of the movie sets up for a sequel, and I can only hope that it plugs the huge gaps in this movie, and takes a darker turn for what many of us expect out of Vlad.
  7. Nov 12, 2014
    Not good at all !!
    The meaning of the stupidity.
    There is no story.
    I watch the trailer and I was so exciting but the movie totally
    disappoint me.
    The movie is too short.

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