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Dreamland (2006)

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40

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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audience

65

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 5,626

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A selfless teen who has always put the needs of others before her own experiences a personal crisis after setting her best friend up with her handsome new neighbor in an affecting coming-of-age drama starring Agnes Bruckner, Kelli Garner, and Justin Long. Ever since Audrey's (Bruckner) mother died, the compassionate 18-year-old has dedicated her life to caring for her still-grieving father (John Corbett). Despite her desire to go to college and get an education, Audrey remains at her father's

PG-13,

Art House & International, Drama

Tom Willett

Dec 19, 2006

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (4) | DVD (1)

The filmmakers were clearly not interested in the ending but in exploring the characters and the situation, and they do that with sophistication and genuine feeling, both for the people and the environment.

December 5, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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As swoony and verbose and serious as an adolescent's journal entry.

December 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The gossamer spell is undone when the script topples into melodrama and then a too-tidy resolution.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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An atmospheric ensemble piece boasting several richly portrayed characters.

April 12, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Despite some sketchy story elements, much of it is pretty intoxicating -- that is, until the unambiguous life lessons bring pic down to earth with an earnest splat.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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As the mother of a preteen daughter who has dragged me to a number of teen movies, I was captivated by this strange mutant of a movie. There is skill here, and some poignant scenes that stayed with me, including a first kiss scene that's one of the bette

April 23, 2007 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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The cast is solid, the characters fascinating, the direction notable, the story shaky.

December 18, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
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...there's little doubt that the film heralds the arrival of a promising new director.

December 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

a long way to go for such a tepid lesson

December 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The performances are all fine, with Bruckner and Corbett the standouts as a parent and child with roles reversed after a death in the family.

December 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The awe-inspiring New Mexico scenery and light and the performance of lead actress Agnes Bruckner lift this teen drama above the usual fare.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

After all the put-upon jokes about trailer trash, finally here is a place where the terminology of community really defines itself.

February 1, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Dreamland

Others may not enjoy this movie as much as I did because I felt a real connection to the character with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) because I also have MS. The dreams to escape the reality of the situation she lives in is TOO familiar!! Dreamland could just as easily be where I am (and it is)! Making the best of a bad situation and finding hope and learning to live with situations are all common elements of my life I saw on screen in this film. A personal connection is why I love this movie so much!
December 29, 2010
Tomassgringo

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Liked this a lot. Very moving and the whole cast do a great job with this (even John Corbett who is normally the kiss of death in a film as far as I am concerned). It's a fairly small film in that not a lot happens, but it is beautiful to look at (who would have thought life in a caravan park could be picturesque!), and Agnes Bruckner and Kelli Garner so convincing that you can't help but care about their lives and what happens to them.
December 28, 2009
romy861

Super Reviewer

I have a hard time believing that the only two girls in a small trailer park are so hot, nice, and okay with living in the middle of nowhere. Not a terrible movie, but not amazing either.
May 29, 2008
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Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

"Dreamland" is down-to-earth and everything an independent film should be. The cast is by far the gold lining of the film, with John Corbett delivering his most touching role yet. Kelli Garner shows off her stunning good looks while playing a struggling MS patient, adding a much needed depth to her character. Never having experienced Agnes Bruckner before, she definitely earned herself an IMDB.com look up. Who would have thought a film about a trailer park in the desert could have so much heart?
January 9, 2011
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