Adaptation Displacement: To this day, there are negative reviews in pages like Amazon criticizing the book for not having any of the romance this movie had.
Alternate Character Interpretation: Lucy isn't slutty, she's just flirtatious. Before she's attacked by Dracula she doesn't seem to have slept with any of her suitors, it's only after his attack that she begin to act overtly sexual towards them. This is supported by how Mina acts after being bitten by Dracula, trying to seduce Van Helsing.
Mina, with some fans feeling that she is an interesting character and others feel that she's unsympathetic. Winona Ryder's performance as Mina is still hotly debated to this day. There are some who feel she was horribly miscast, and compare her unfavorably to Keanu Reeves. Others feel she did a good job. A third camp suggests that the problem comes from Mina becoming hard to sympathise with at certain points. There's also the matter of her accent; some feel it's terrible, while others find it decent enough.
Broken Base: Mina and Dracula being Love Interests is divisive, especially when compared to the Mina/Jonathan pairing, as some like it while others don't, and ohers think it would be better if it were handled better while others think it was handled just fine.
In the scene in which Dracula is approaching London, with a storm marking his arrival, Lucy and Mina run around outside and even kiss... and then forget about it happening right away.
Van Helsing laughing like a lunatic while humping Quincey Morris's leg.
Van Helsing's random demonstration of Offscreen Teleportation, which he shows to Dr. Steward and co. to convince them that supernatural things exist. He's talking about hypnotism at the time, but no hypnotist is capable of such a feat. Basically, the man is a wizard, but everybody forgets it for the rest of the film.
Mina, unlike her book counterpart, makes a number of bad decisions that hurt those around her all for a man she's just met and is cheating on Jonathan to be with.
Van Helsing, also unlike his book counterpart, is also kind of a dick, more excited with being proved correct about the supernatural than the suffering and misery of his friends.
Designated Villain: The vampire hunters receive this treatment towards the end, if Van Helsing's comment about them becoming "God's madmen" is any indication. It may mean that their quest had led to Quincey's death, but it also may comes across as a Heel Realization as if they became fanatics trying to stay between true love... Except the monster they were trying to destroy wasn't necessarily innocent himself and they wanted to spare an innocent woman from suffering the same fate as her best friend suffered, whom the three men were in love with.
A veritable buffet of it. Whether it's Keanu Reeves' terrible attempt at a British accent, the combined Large Ham of Oldman, Hopkins, Elwes, Frost, and Waits, or Dracula crying tears of... watercolor paint, this movie is a glorious helping of goofiness.
Romantic Plot Tumor: One of the biggest. How much you like the film depends in part on how you feel about the romance (and how annoyingly sexy you find Gary Oldman). Extra squicky because the original attacks from the vampire were clearly meant to invoke rape. A fan-edited version cuts out the love story, which shortens the film by an entire hour.
When playing the ancient version of Dracula Gary Oldman is wearing very obvious extensions◊ on the tips of his fingers that look more like nipples than fingers. It's not quite the paper tubes Max Shreck wore in Nosferatu but it's the same idea.
It was also pretty obvious that his shadow was moving out of sync long before it started moving independently.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: While adding a love story is divisive enough, many were annoyed with the changes to Lucy's character. In the book, she's The Ingenue who loves all three suitors. The film turns her into a flirt, who makes all sorts of innuendos in public at her three suitors and tries to seduce them after Dracula attacks her.
Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Mina comes across as pretty unsympathetic, especially because Jonathan is such a loving and devoted husband while she openly longs to be with Dracula. It's not helped by the movie never making it clear whether Mina is doing this of her own free will, Dracula is seducing her, or Elisabeta's spirit is overpowering her.
Vindicated by History: Divisive in its year of release, albeit commercially very successful, two decades hence, it is considered a classic of visual effects, production design, cinematography, and style, with many considering it one of Coppola's best films and one of Gary Oldman's best performances. While there are still complaints and issues raised about the nature of its adaptation, it's generally agreed that it was a movie that proved that there's still a lot of new ways to tell a story as overexposed as Dracula by going back to the source material. It's overall visual style has become quite famous and influential, especially in the popular Bloodborne.
Visual Effects of Awesome: The special effects are all very impressive, and although CGI had begun to come into its own by 1992, this movie's effects are all real. Taken Up to 11 by the fact that the effects were all done with technology that existed at the dawn of film. Not only is there no CG, there isn't even optical compositing (the primary method of combining multiple elements into one scene before digital compositing was possible). Practical effects and camera trickery were all they used and it looks awesome.