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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 59
  2. Negative: 3 out of 59

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  1. Aug 23, 2010
    5
    Man tries to make Dracula film without Bram Stoker's consent, goes to eerie locations, gets oddball to play the vampire, things go wrong.
    With a cast as decent as this & the story based on such a classic film, it's a shame this was nowhere near as good as it could have been.
    It begins very well but quickly starts to jump about & become disjointed & does seemed very rushed by the end.
    Man tries to make Dracula film without Bram Stoker's consent, goes to eerie locations, gets oddball to play the vampire, things go wrong.
    With a cast as decent as this & the story based on such a classic film, it's a shame this was nowhere near as good as it could have been.
    It begins very well but quickly starts to jump about & become disjointed & does seemed very rushed by the end.
    Willem Dafoe is amazing as Max Schrek but they should have used him more sparingly & made him even more mysterious.
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  2. Mar 25, 2011
    6
    While Dafoe and Malkovich deliver on all fronts, the acting by a good majority of the cast is mediocre-to-bad at times. The story is very slow, boring at times. Before I forget, it's not scary either. Nothing to fear children.
  3. NancyT.
    Feb 9, 2001
    5
    While the premise was interesting, the movie itself was very uninvolving. John Malkovich's narration was irritating, the characters were completely one-dimensional, and the ending was scattered and abrupt....or maybe too drawn out. Either way, it didn't work.
  4. EmilyC.
    Jun 25, 2001
    1
    Willem Dafoe's performance is probably the only thing that gives this dull movie some life.
  5. [Anonymous]
    Aug 18, 2001
    8
    Muy buen film, con una inteligente puesta en escena. Creo que define bien la persolidad "vampiresca" de Max.
  6. BeckaP.
    Jan 28, 2002
    10
    This is a great movie! The plot is different, but DaFoe's performance was definitely the highlight of the movie! And it was spectacular!
  7. RobinW.
    Jul 27, 2001
    10
    A superb movie!!
  8. MatsW.
    Nov 1, 2004
    10
    Excellent movie. Really a great performance of Willem Dafoe as Max Schreck and John Malkovich as the filmdirector. Great effects. A tribute to the original film Nosferatu, made in 1922. This was a master piece in those times.
  9. Bruno
    Nov 28, 2004
    9
    One of the best gothic-horror movies of all time.
  10. PaulaW.
    Nov 12, 2001
    3
    This deadly dull, self-stroking little exercise isn't half as clever as it seems to think. Oh, and there are really bad German accents. Stay away.
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    There are times when Dafoe's accent strays into Billy Crystal Yiddish, but the notion of Vlad the Impaler aging into a finicky old Jew has its own kind of piquancy.
  2. 88
    "Willem Dafoe is Max Schreck." I put quotes around that because it's not just a line for a movie ad but the truth: He embodies the Schreck of "Nosferatu" so uncannily that when real scenes from the silent classic are slipped into the frame, we don't notice a difference.
  3. Willem Dafoe's performance in Shadow of the Vampire is so irresistible it not only breaks that cycle but turns an otherwise just adequate film into something everyone will want to take a look at.