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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. Dec 10, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This was awesome the story proved interesting and it was definitely not as predictable as you would have thought t leaves me wanting a second movie. It was entertaining with just the right amount of romance and suspense, sadness and epic darkness just as the movie says it an untold story not a documentary.. i hope to look forward to another one if there is another one.. The ever so impressive Mr Dance, his role fit him will as well as Arts very good way better performance than what he got in Game of Thrones. Evans just as amazing the right amount of darkness,love,fatherness (no such word but hey) and sexy. Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2014
    9
    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, goodI 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 17, 2014
    7
    I actually was always optimistic toward Dracula Untold. However, I had high expectations/hopes and they weren’t met. It seems to me like thisI actually was always optimistic toward Dracula Untold. However, I had high expectations/hopes and they weren’t met. It seems to me like this "genre-mashup" had a hard time finding its voice: it's not a romance movie, it's not a horror movie, it's not a gory movie--it's more of a typical ancient war film with some romance, blood-sucking, and implied violence thrown in. If the movie were longer and had time to develop certain aspects of its atmosphere, then it probably would've been better. But the movie is too short and feels rushed. Dracula Untold starts out OK. But way too many plot-holes and inconsistencies make it a lot worse than it could’ve been.

    In the beginning of the film, why didn’t Caligula (the so-called “master” vampire who gave Vlad his powers) kill Vlad when he first got the chance? Could a single silver sword truly hold back a vampire as supposedly strong as him? Did he sense that Vlad was a powerful warrior who he waited an “eternity” to find? Why did he want “a man of (his) strength to arrive”? When a group of Turks are sent to retrieve Vlad’s son, how come they make no mention of the 1,000 other boys they want as tribute to the Sultan (as soldiers for his army)? Since they asked Vlad for them first, why do they bring up his son first? How did ordinary bats manage to kill an entire battalion of soldiers? Sure, they were thrown and squished pretty badly (probably would’ve gotten injured), but how could ALL of them die? Did Dracula/Vlad empower the bats somehow? Why did the Turkish Sultan blindfold his soldiers? True, they cannot fear what they cannot see, but then how will they hold up against a sudden ambush and how will they fight? They should’ve at least taken off the blindfolds when they got close to Castle Dracula.

    (%%SPOILER ALERT%% How did Vlad/Dracula’s wife, Mirena, survive a fall from a great height and then hit a rocky ground hard, long enough to tell him to suck her blood as a last dying request? At the end, with the final fight between the Turkish Sultan and Dracula, why didn’t Dracula teleport behind him earlier and kill him? Why didn’t he summon some bats? If, at the end of the film, Vlad/Dracula can manipulate the clouds, how come he didn’t “teleport” far away and THEN unleash the sun on the other vampires so he wouldn’t have to die, then be revived at the end of the movie? Why didn’t he use this to make his enemies unable to see well earlier? Also, why does Caligula say at the end of the movie “Let the games begin”? That particular statement doesn’t make sense. %%END OF MAJOR SPOILERS%%)

    The film isn’t much like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but I don’t mind that at all. I like this new take on his character as an anti-hero who has been through much loss. Luke Evans does a good job as protagonist Vlad the Impaler. Unfortunately, the rest of the characters aren’t developed much. The fight scenes look good, and the CGI is nice—but how are the scenes supposed to be any fun, when Dracula is too over-powered? The Sultan’s soldiers are little more than sitting ducks; it’s so easy for Vlad/Dracula to defeat them. Untold doesn’t feel like it has much stakes or suspense, as is the issue with most prequels and some origin stories (but this time it’s mostly due to Dracula being too O.P). I feel like too much was edited out of Dracula Untold when they tried to condense the film into a 90-minute running time. The movie should’ve been longer, because there was a lot that could’ve been developed and expanded upon. Mostly, the movie has too many plot-holes and inconsistencies, a too-fast pace, inadequate and sub-par plot/narrative, and lack of character development. The film is cool and fun at times, but it could definitely have some improvement. There’s too much unused potential for this movie, because I feel it could’ve been really good. If they make a sequel, they should get a new director. I agree with Rotten Tomatoes’ consensus—Dracula Untold is “neither awful enough to suck nor sharp enough to bite”. P.S, this film is meant to be the beginning of a “shared-movie universe” (like the Disney Marvel movies) for Universal. The second movie in this universe will be a reboot of The Mummy, scheduled for 2016.
    Score: 7.4

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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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