Dream Lover (1994)
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In this stylish, sleek, but unsatisfactory, thriller, Ray (James Spader), a young, successful architect meets a mysterious, beautiful woman, Lena (Madchen Amick), falls in love and marries her. They live a happy married life and have children. After several years, Lena appears to be discontented and evasive. Ray begins to suspect she is having an affair after he catches her in several rather obvious lies and overhears some disturbing telephone conversations. Ray begins to investigate Lena's background and learns that everything she has told him about herself is a lie. Ray sees his happy life fall into pieces around him and attacks Lena. She has him committed to a mental hospital. Screenwriter Nicholas Kazan , in his directorial debut, moves the story along at a good pace and uses, fluid, flashy camera work, but the implausible story bogs the film down, as does the unconvincing, contrived ending. James Spader gives a fine performance as Ray, making the most of a difficult role. This interesting, nouveau-noir mystery, had great potential, but cannot overcome its poorly conceived plot. … More
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Critic Reviews for Dream Lover
Eschewing his standard performance of smugness and distance, using intense, blank stares, Spader actually emotes with his lips too, suggesting that there's more going on than just a slimy scoundrel who we should pity because his livelihood is threatened.
Engagingly creepy thriller.
A psychological thriller that explores sexual politics from many perspectives
Madchen Amick is super-sexy. Some of the love scenes are steamier than cooked rice. If that's your idea of entertainment, you've found your baby.
Audience Reviews for Dream Lover
This psychological thriller is rather coldly calculated, but slickly made and unpredictable - it will certainly hold your interest, through you may hate yourself in the morning.More
James Spader plays a very successful businessman who just got a divorce and is very lonely until he meets the beautiful Mädchen Amick. They marry and have children but soon he discovers that his seemingly perfect "Dream Lover" of a wife has many hidden secrets that she always seem to have a perfect explanation for.
DREAM LOVER has a tightly wound plot and the twists and turns really work taking the viewer along for the ride as well. Definitely worth a rent for anyone looking for a psychological Neo-Noir style mystery thriller.
There was only one reason why I watched this and that reason was satisfied. Anyway, the actual movie was lame. I was distracted by above reason and in the olden days I would probably give this a high rating, but I'm looking past that, and rating fairly (sort of).
Yeah, so without being cryptic... the plot was lame, acting was ok, good endind but the movie was fairly sucky.
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