Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic 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. 70
    Dracula Untold is a dumb, lowest-common-denominator kind of movie, but it’s a surprisingly entertaining one. It’s brisk, which counts for a lot in this overbaked genre. The action is directed with verve and imagination — and it’s all gorgeously bleak, with black clouds of bats whipping around remote, craggy castles beneath portentous Carpathian skies.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Oct 10, 2014
    63
    Dracula Untold is a movie that gives good trailer. That's not surprising because it's a visually arresting saga. Unfortunately, the story in the final, full version is thicker than blood.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Oct 9, 2014
    63
    Vlad’s numerous speeches about love, honor and family grow tedious, along with the film’s wooden dialogue in general. And it quickly becomes obvious that Dracula Untold is more interested in being cool than making sense.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Oct 2, 2014
    60
    If they had to give Drac an “origin story” this literal-minded, at least they had the sense to keep it keen and lively, whittled to a point.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Brian Truitt
    Oct 9, 2014
    50
    At times Dracula Untold flirts with dullness so much that it might as well just stick a stake in the heart of Bram Stoker's legacy.
  9. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 9, 2014
    50
    Instead of being respectful of Bram Stoker's creation, it attempts to remake him as a tragic figure with superhero powers.
  10. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 9, 2014
    50
    No campy vampire movie, and the early part of the film is well-made enough that the sadness of Vlad’s dilemma is truly felt.
  11. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Oct 8, 2014
    50
    More sad dad and noble martyr than creature of the night, Evans’ dashing Prince Of Darkness inspires less fear than just about any incarnation of the famous character, save perhaps the one played by Leslie Nielsen.
  12. Reviewed by: Kyle Anderson
    Oct 8, 2014
    50
    It works neither as a sweeping historical epic nor as an action-horror hybrid.
  13. 50
    Charles Dance is the Nosferatu-garbed monster in the cave, a balding, toothy villain in the great tradition of British vampires — Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman, Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale among them. The moment he shows up, all shadowy menace and prophecy, “Dracula” gets interesting.
  14. Reviewed by: Dan Callahan
    Oct 9, 2014
    40
    For about the first hour of its running time, Dracula Untold is far too restrained and tasteful, and it certainly suffers from its tediously noble hero; it's well made but fatally lacking in thrills or excitement.
  15. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Oct 9, 2014
    40
    Aside from Dance and some hazy views of impaled bodies, the film is low on shock and gore. It's aiming more for sweeping historical epic, but it doesn't work on either level.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Oct 9, 2014
    40
    The CGI — mostly Evans transforming into fightin’ bats — look muddy and cheap, but the weapons, Turkish helmets and Romanian interiors are all gorgeous. If only the rest of this “Lord of the Rings” wanna-be were at the same level.
  18. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Oct 7, 2014
    40
    Too much of the last hour is a muddle of unconvincing, hard-to-read nighttime action scenes.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Oct 2, 2014
    40
    Armour-clanging, cloak-swishing tosh with okay battles, terrible dialogue and sadly little horror or heroism. Nowhere near as bad as I, Frankenstein – but what is?
  21. 38
    This toothless attempt is just dead on arrival.
  22. 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.
  23. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 9, 2014
    37
    The film isn’t awful. There are moments of handsome cinematography and occasional effects that both frighten and impress.
  24. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 8, 2014
    30
    Dracula Untold boldly attempts to retell the Dracula origin story by sinking its teeth into Bram Stoker’s novel and draining it of all the passion, sensuality, and ambience that have seduced readers and moviegoers since the turn of the 20th century.
  25. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 8, 2014
    30
    Another addition to Universal’s Pictures Classic Monsters arsenal of crap (remember Van Helsing?), director Shore, in his feature debut, displays a fine sense of pacing but little else.
  26. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 1, 2014
    30
    Much like the recent, widely reviled I, Frankenstein, this misconceived project mainly signals a need to go back to the drawing board.
  27. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Oct 1, 2014
    30
    Dracula Untold opts for the stately, staid approach, and even at a mere 85 minutes (sans credits) it’s something of a bore — neither scary nor romantic nor exciting in any of the ways it seems to intend.
  28. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Oct 9, 2014
    25
    If this Dracula can kill hundreds of enemies by himself — and he can, and does, in several dull and protracted battle scenes — then where's the suspense? If he's become a monster for noble reasons, then where's the dark conflict?
  29. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Oct 8, 2014
    25
    It's a story arc that wouldn't be out of place on Game of Thrones, except it lacks for the HBO program's dense and surprising dramatic reflexes.
  30. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Oct 7, 2014
    20
    Drab, silly and mind-numbing, this Dracula is strictly for the suckers.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 215 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 58
  2. Negative: 7 out of 58
  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! Full Review »
  2. Oct 11, 2014
    5
    This movie shows glimpses of the great Dracula that it could have been, creepy, intimidating and dark. Unfortunately this movie failed toThis movie shows glimpses of the great Dracula that it could have been, creepy, intimidating and dark. Unfortunately this movie failed to capture this due to it trying to cater to a wider audience due to a bigger budget. From the main character being a pretty boy instead of monstrous like Charles Dance's character and being a man who was evil but is now good who then turns evil just to go good again makes it uncertain where universal was trying to go with this. There were glimpses of great horror such as Charles dance and a few scenes in the movie that showed the darkness that Vlad has been driven to once again, but overall the movies ending that writes off the whole film and seems to be there just to spawn a sequel and also some sloppy writing and uninteresting villains make the film pretty bland and left me hoping that universals future horror reboots will focus less on the action and more on the brilliant original characters. Full Review »
  3. Oct 11, 2014
    10
    This movie is amazing. I was hesitant to go see it because of the critics who are giving it mediocre reviews, but this movie was awesome andThis movie is amazing. I was hesitant to go see it because of the critics who are giving it mediocre reviews, but this movie was awesome and the critics are dead wrong. You MUST go see this movie and see for yourself wether you like it or not. Most of the bad reviews if not all that I saw had nothing to really do with the movie. Who cares if their wasn't a ton of blood, it had an amazing story and it was done really well Full Review »