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Dracula Untold (15)

Action, Drama, Fantasy

Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes looks to make a deal with dangerous supernatural forces - without succumbing to the darkness himself.

The critical consensus

The cast sink their teeth in but the resulting film is surprisingly bloodless.

**(*)(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 30/09/2014

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?

**(*)(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 29/09/2014

Thrown-together superhero epic could have been endearing with better editing and fewer cheap effects.

**(*)(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 02/10/2014

As a result, the film risks becoming stranded in a purgatorial wilderness somewhere between horror and romantic adventure. A little more venom would have helped.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 03/10/2014

Squandering the talents of Evans, Gadon and Cooper, this latest entry into Dracula's cinematic tomb is likely to neither satisfy horror hounds or drama lovers. The result? Toothless.

**(*)(*)(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 10/10/2014

Luke Evans gives his Vlad the Impaler a brooding intensity, but this garbled origins idea is better left undead.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 12/10/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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