Stoker's heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.This movie is a must-see if you're at all interested in horror or vampire films.
HorrorNews.net calls it "one of the greatest horror films of all time" Time Out gives it 5 out of 5 stars and says, "may not be the world’s first horror flick ... but it’s the most influential." Empire Online gives it 5 out of 5 stars and concludes, "they certainly don't make movies like this faded, haunting masterpiece of silent cinema any more".
DVD Journal has the history of the film's inspiration, making, and unlikely survival. Roger Ebert has it on his list of Great Movies. Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 97%.