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Bram Stoker's Dracula Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The director has dressed up a classic tale in mesmerizing visual overkill without coming close to its dark heart. [13 Nov 1992, p. 56]

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Coppola has raised the stakes, promising the definitive version of the vampire story. What he has created, however, is fresh and original yet boring, an exercise more in art direction than storytelling. [13 Nov 1992, p. C]

  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Dracula has the nervy enthusiasm of the work of a precocious film student who has magically acquired a master's command of his craft. It's surprising, entertaining and always just a little too much.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Oldman and Ryder and Hopkins pant with eagerness. The movie is an exercise in feverish excess, and for that if for little else, I enjoyed it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Bloody, sexy, scary Dracula for mature teens only!

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is not your average run-of-the-mill Dracula flick but a highly sexualized and violent version. It's for mature audiences only because the movie is filled with multiple, graphic images of violent, blood-letting sex. Parents should be very careful in allowing even remotely squeamish teens to watch this film.

  • Families can talk about issues regarding religion and the supernatural as both subjects arise throughout the film in unsettling ways. It may be useful to explore their teen's feelings here, even if it is just to make sure they are not too spooked. This may also be a good time to discuss style in horror films. Why does this film feel the same as or different from scary movies set in more commonplace contemporary settings?

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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Graphic violence from the beginning (people impaled on spears and arrows, rivers of blood), self-cutting, cannibalism (including of a baby), torture of the insane, wolf attack, decapitation, stake through the heart.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Sexually suggestive discussion, drawings of sexual positions, brief lesbianism, evil topless women writhing on and sucking blood from Harker, sadistic sex with a wolf man.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One brief incident of laudanum use by the doctor in the asylum and drinking of absinthe.