Bram Stoker's Dracula
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Based on Bram Stoker's classic 1897 novel, this film from Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter James Victor Hart offers a full-blooded portrait of the immortal Transylvanian vampire. The major departure from Stoker is one of motivation as Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) is motivated more by romance than by bloodlust. He punctures the necks as a means of avenging the death of his wife in the 15th century, and when he comes to London, it is specifically to meet heroine Mina Harker (Winona Ryder), the living image of his late wife (Ryder plays a dual role, as do several of her costars). Anthony… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This luscious film restores the creature's nobility and gives him peace."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"This lack of a convincing central dynamic leads to the occasional sense that the film is little more than a spectacular edifice, but you'll be too spellbound to resist seduction."
‑ , Time Out
"It's shame to see such a mess made of a project with such a capable cast."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Salomť goes to Transylvania"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Unashamedly epic, but it's the details which make the film, particularly vampire-killing Anthony Hopkins and Tom Waits as insect-gobbling Renfield."
‑ , Film4
"Overall, this Dracula could have been less heavy and more deliciously evil than it is, but it does offer a sumptuous engorgement of the senses."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"With Dracula it's apparent that Mr. Coppola's talent and exuberance survive."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A feast for the senses that fails to satisfy the heart, libido or mind."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Fighting against pop culture expectations and a century of vampire clichť, Coppola's approach is unique. Like it or not, no one had ever seen a "Dracula" quite like this."
‑ Brian Holcomb,
"Has a film ever promised so much yet delivered so little?"
‑ Tom Hibbert, Empire Magazine
"A somewhat dispersed and overcrowded story line that remains fascinating and often affecting thanks to all its visual and conceptual energy."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It is Coppola's most lavish and, certainly, his most flamboyant film; never before has he allowed himself this kind of mad experimentation."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Bloody, sexy, scary Dracula for mature teens only!"
‑ Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
"misguided and ludicrous"
‑ Jay Antani,
"Francis Ford Coppola's lavish version of Bram Stoker's classic novel is a visual cornucopia, overstuffed with images of both beauty and grotesque horror."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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