Box art for Bram Stoker's Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula

drama, horror, romance, thrillers

Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder star in the tortured tale of a charismatic vampire, based on the tale of the Prince of Darkness.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Fighting against pop culture expectations and a century of vampire clich, Coppola's approach is unique. Like it or not, no one had ever seen a "Dracula" quite like this.

- Brian Holcomb,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: In Bram Stoker's Dracula, director Francis Ford Coppola wins endless vam-Pyrrhic victories but loses the narrative war.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: 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, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The effects at times were good, at other times too strange. They do move along quickly to pack a lot of the novel's story into the run time. Still, the movie feels too long toward the end. These Dracula movies just can't win. Wow, Oldman does go through so many amazing makeup transformations: old and shriveled, young and seductive, raging warrior in the flashbacks, and werewolf. I agree with most of my friends here that the story and other performances are not great. But I did enjoy watching this movie, which is obviously an exercise by Coppola to just have fun making an old fashioned, stylish pic with all the tricks of the trade. It is surrealist and funny and at times can make you squirm, but it is not what could be called a horror film with straightforward frights.

- hypathio7, Friday, November 5, 2010

5 stars

This is the best rendition of Dracula ever captured on film. Gary Oldman's dark and sensual personae outshines any other vampire who ever dare put on a cape. To me Gary Oldman is the most talented and underrated actor ever. He becomes who he is playing, however in this role... Dracula became him... Oldman set the bar so high it is untouchable even to Bela Lugosi. Winona Ryder's delicateness suited the role of Mina/Elisabeta nicely and Keanu Reeves played the unsuspecting and naive Jonathan with satisfaction. However the whole movie comes together because of Gary Oldman's intoxicating essence. He draws the viewers into his darkness and passion and guides them through until the end. This film is drastically romantic and hauntingly captivating- just like a real Dracula movie should be. The cinematography deserved Oldman's phenomenal performance and perfectly created a true vampire realm. Francis Ford Coppola is brilliant. This is the spirit of the vampire.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, August 22, 2010

4 stars

Purists will probably hate the way this movie treats the story, but I rather like it, I don't know if Coppola was really the best choice for director, but the movie looks good, has a great atmosphere, and features some good scenes and terrific performances. Not all of the cast is great, but Oldman and Hopkins rock.

- cosmo313, Sunday, August 22, 2010