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60
If they had to give Drac an “origin story” this literal-minded, at least they had the sense to keep it keen and lively, whittled to a point.
50
Charles Dance is the Nosferatu-garbed monster in the cave, a balding, toothy villain in the great tradition of British vampires — Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman, Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale among them. The moment he shows up, all shadowy menace and prophecy, “Dracula” gets interesting.
50
It works neither as a sweeping historical epic nor as an action-horror hybrid.
40
Empire
Armour-clanging, cloak-swishing tosh with okay battles, terrible dialogue and sadly little horror or heroism. Nowhere near as bad as I, Frankenstein – but what is?
40
The Guardian
It’s no-frills, B-movie modesty might have been winning, if it weren’t so dashed-off.
40
Village Voice
Too much of the last hour is a muddle of unconvincing, hard-to-read nighttime action scenes.
30
Much like the recent, widely reviled I, Frankenstein, this misconceived project mainly signals a need to go back to the drawing board.
30
Dracula Untold opts for the stately, staid approach, and even at a mere 85 minutes (sans credits) it’s something of a bore — neither scary nor romantic nor exciting in any of the ways it seems to intend.
25
Slant Magazine
It's a story arc that wouldn't be out of place on Game of Thrones, except it lacks for the HBO program's dense and surprising dramatic reflexes.
20
Time Out
Drab, silly and mind-numbing, this Dracula is strictly for the suckers.

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