It follows the familiar story of Count Orlok moving from his ruined castle to the city of Wisborg, after the visit of one Thomas Hutter. Once there he becomes involved with Thomas' fiancée Ellen, who alone holds the power to destroy him.
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Roger Ebert
"Here is the story of Dracula before it was buried alive in clichés, jokes, TV skits, cartoons and more than 30 other films. The film is in awe of its material. It seems to really believe in vampires (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
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Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"This romantic fantasia of evil helped invent a whole vocabulary of thriller storytelling (...) A poetry of fear (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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Simon Braund
"A Symphony Of Horrors. They don't write movie sell-lines like that any more, and they certainly don't make movies like this faded, haunting masterpiece of silent cinema any more either (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
"Many keynotes of the genre emerge fully formed here (...) ‘Nosferatu’ remains deeply unsettling (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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Mordaunt Hall
The New York Times
"[It] is not especially stirring. It is the sort of thing one could watch at midnight without its having much effect upon one's slumbering hours (...) It is a production that is rather more of a soporific than a thriller"  NEG
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Dennis Lim
Los Angeles Times
"One of the masterpieces of silent cinema (...) Less frightening than haunting, Murnau's film conjures a persistent atmosphere of dread and decay"  POS
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
"It's not just a great horror movie. It's a poem of horror, a symphony of dread, a film so rapt, mysterious and weirdly lovely it haunts the mind long after it's over."  POS
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
"A masterpiece of the German silent cinema and easily the most effective version of Dracula on record."  POS
United StatesUnited States Variety "[Murnau] is a master artisan demonstrating not only a knowledge of the subtler side of directing but in photography (...) Max Schreck as the vampire is an able pantomimist and works clocklike"  POS
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