“Previous versions now look anaemic,” writes The Times’ Carol Midgley.
The Mail’s reviewer hailed ” a Dracula to delight horror movie fans of all stripes” in his five-star write-up.
The Telegraph’s reviewer, meanwhile, praised Danish actor Claes Bang for his “witty, outrageous and thrilling” portrayal of Bram Stoker’s vampire.
“It might not have been faithful to the original, but it was a scream,” writes the paper’s Anita Singh.
The BBC One mini-series has been written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the duo behind the award-winning Sherlock.
It began on New Year’s Day with a 90-minute instalment, with two more episodes to follow on Thursday and Friday.