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Electric Dreams (1984)

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40

Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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Movie Info

Dweebish architect Miles Harding (Lenny Von Dohlen) is hopelessly in love with neighboring musician Madeline (Virginia Madsen). He soon learns that Madeline already has an ardent suitor: Harding's own computer (voiced by Harold and Maude star Bud Cort)! When the electronic device, nicknamed Edgar, begins composing love songs dedicated to Madeline, Harding passes the tunes off as his own. At this point, the envious Edgar really goes to town, taking over all the electrical appliances in Harding's

PG,

Drama, Comedy

Rusty Lemorande

MGM

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (8)

This is a lighthearted romantic comedy that has its moments, both humorous and thought-provoking.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Photographically busy, though to no meaningful purpose, mildly amusing at best, the piece finally expires with what could be, but probably isn't, a parody of a feel-good ending.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's not often that a modern movie has the courage to give us a hero who doesn't seem to be a cross between a disco god and an aerobics instructor, but the von Dohlen character is a nice change.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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In the failure of Electric Dreams to blend and balance its ingredients properly, plot elements are lost (the brick), credibility is overtaxed (the lovelorn computer), and what remains is high tech without being high art.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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There are all kinds of disassociated, disturbing ideas floating around in the screenplay, none of which survive the filmmakers' decision to play everything for cloying cuteness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Electric Dreams tries to be as up to the minute as the latest rock video. But it looks more like a tired holdover from the ''psychedelic'' 1960s.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Shot by director Steve Barron in the style of a pop promo, Electric Dreams starts brightly but ultimately disintegrates.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The story gets silly from time to time, stretching credibility to the breaking point, but the final result is an old-fashioned love triangle made new by the third party's being electronic.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It all comes together as an escapist package that is exactly what it should be: audience-friendly fun.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Dated of course, being typically 80s, but maintains a certain charm.

May 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

One of the more amusing computer-phobia flicks from the '80s, with an amazing title song by Girogio Moroder.

March 14, 2003
New Times

Bizarre 80's obscurity benefits from some great Jeff Lynne tunes.

July 25, 2002
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