The Dreamers (2004)

The Dreamers (2004)

The Dreamers



Critic Consensus: Though lushly atmospheric, The Dreamers doesn't engage or provoke as much as it should.

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The tumultuous political landscape of Paris in 1968 serves as the backdrop for a tale about three young cineastes who are drawn together through their passion for film. Matthew, an American exchange student, pursuing his education abroad in Paris, becomes friends with a French brother and sister duo, named Guillaume and Danielle, who share a common love of the cinema. While the May 1968 Paris student riots--which eventually shut down most of the French government--are happening around them, the … More

Rating: NC-17 (for explicit sexual content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Gilbert Adair
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 13, 2004
Box Office: $2.3M
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Critic Reviews for The Dreamers

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (44)

A real pleasure.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Legendary director Bernardo Bertolucci ("1900") crafts a return to social revolt in the form of sexual pursuits by a trio of late '60s teenaged students in this engaging yet insufficient movie.

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

Despite the movie's well-earned NC-17, Bertolucci's own ménage à trois favors cinephilia over the related pleasures of politics and sex.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009

Bertolucci tops himself.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

It's an amusing, sophisticated movie, true to its times, cheerfully erotic, and played with unselfconscious conviction by its three young actors.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Dreamers


Wild and ambitious, The Dreamers is a Bernardo Bertolucci masterpiece that candidly declares an erotic affection for cinema with references to Breathless, Band Of Outsiders, and other classics. For cinephiles, The Dreamers is a daring and nostalgic exploration of cinema, sex, and politics with equally daring performances from the talented ménage à trois - Michael Pitt, Eva Green, and Louis Garrel. Strictly for mature audiences only.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

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'Strange, beautiful.....and you'll never hear surf music again.' The soundtrack aptly begins and ends with the Hendrix tune, serving both as testament and summary.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

It's artistic and political and psychological and sexual, but I can't say all those themes really jived. The filmic commentary helps to establish the trio's friendship in fun and moving ways, but it doesn't have much to do with the political payoff. The social unrest bookends the historical relevance of the movie, but there's no definitive extolling or damning of Matthew's pacifism. Isabelle and Theo's twisted codependence and Matthew and Isabelle's sexual awakening are equally awkward and titillating, but the film seems to treat these issues as face value quirks. There's no subsequent discussion after Isabelle breaks down at Theo's door. There's no revelation of Isabelle's attempted suicide. There's no consequence to their parents finding out.

Michael Pitt has the most interesting face. It's so naive yet bold. He does have beautiful lips.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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