“A Gothic Horror Classic”
With Mr. Browning's imaginative direction and Mr. Lugosi's makeup and weird gestures, this picture succeeds to some extent in its grand guignol intentions.
Mordaunt Hall - New York Times
Certainly it is Lugosi's performance, and the cinematography of Karl Freund, that make Tod Browning's film such an influential Hollywood picture.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The opening scenes, set in Dracula's castle, are magnificent -- grave, stately, and severe. But the film becomes unbearably static once the action moves to England.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
A sublimated ghost story related with all surface seriousness and above all with a remarkably effective background of creepy atmosphere.
Variety Staff - Variety
Dracula deserves its status as a classic, although one might be tempted to append the word 'lesser' to that label.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
An exciting melodrama, not as good as it ought to be but a cut above the ordinary trapdoor-and-winding-sheet type of mystery film.
- TIME Magazine
...it's clear that the movie simply doesn't hold up terribly well all these years later.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Lugosi's seminal performance and the striking opening act are what distinguish Browning's version of the classic tale.
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
A perfect example of the worst traits of Hollywood films in the early sound era.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Stark, cold, and deeply sensual, "Dracula's" atmosphere and intention is rooted in a fear of unknown lust and desire from which there can be no escape. To view "Dracula" is to be bitten by the vampire's desperate attack.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A classic despite numerous flaws.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
All time horror classic starring Lugosi; still creepy as blazes.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Bela Lugosi gives the performance of his life in a role that might have been written just for him. Highly atmospheric throughout, this remains a milestone in horror movie history.
The atmospheric opening is the best part -- moody and full of sinister potential. After that, it's stilted drawing-room talk, variably acted, except for the cultish over-the-top dementia of Dwight Frye.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Not by any means the masterpiece of fond memory or reputation, although the first twenty minutes are astonishingly fluid and brilliantly shot by Karl Freund.
Tom Milne - Time Out
Once you get into the rhythms of the film, you'll discover a masterpiece.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
there is a reason why Bela ended up in Ed Wood movies
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
[The music] contributes to Tod Browning's marvellous tone of restrained horror and stylish after-life.
S. James Wegg - JWR
It haunted no one as much as dear Bela...
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
After Lugosi, all vampire performances are doomed to be compared against him as either homage or departure.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Dracula takes place within the confines of the parlors and drawing rooms of London society, which bears a striking resemblance to Americana circa 1931.
Jeremiah Kipp - ToxicUniverse.com
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Bathed in an atmosphere of nightmare, dread and otherworldliness that is unlike anything else in American horror cinema.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Despite its reputation as a horror classic, Dracula is tedious, stagebound and dull; saved only by Lugosi's perfomance.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
...the film survives as a classic horror tale largely because of Lugosi's distinctive portrayal as Dracula.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
When Bela Lugosi died he was buried wearing one of his original silk capes. Forever cloaked, he casts his shadow still.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
The film's superbly weird acting and cinematography haven't changed, but Universal's new video edition features a freshly written score by Philip Glass, the world-famous minimalist composer.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Campy by today's standards, but still the melancholic master of fright flicks.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Still the best American take on the infamous bloodsucker.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
E uma pena que o vampiro absoluto das telas, Bela Lugosi, nao tenha estrelado um filme perene como a lenda em que ele se tornou.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
...a motion picture for people who love motion pictures, their history, and their evolution. It is a self-recommending classic.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
While Lugosi is of course memorable, don't forget Helen Chandler's Mina, who communicates more through her eyes than virtually any other actress caught on film.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Dracula (1931) is one of the earliest classic American horror films from Universal Pictures - an acclaimed masterpiece directed by Tod Browning
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Bela Lugosi is inspired in the role of the vampire. One can no longer label it a good performance or a bad performance. Lugosi embodies the role.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid