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.
| Original Score: B
Despite the movie's well-earned NC-17, Bertolucci's own ménage à trois favors cinephilia over the related pleasures of politics and sex.
Bertolucci tops himself.
It's an amusing, sophisticated movie, true to its times, cheerfully erotic, and played with unselfconscious conviction by its three young actors.
The film is at once a celebration of the sexual revolution and a celebration of cinema as the secular equivalent of religion, at a time when movies really mattered.
| Original Score: B-
Fans of film and gorgeous naked people of either sex will find much here to interest them. But it also has moments that make you want to throw stones.
| Original Score: 3/5
A real pleasure.
| Original Score: 4/5
The venue for Pitt's marvelous coming-out performance.
It's a hot sequence that nudges the boundary of taste, but still manages to come off more as art than porn.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The Dreamers is a richly imagined, boldly acted ode to the delirium of a generation that didn't know it was dreaming.
Maybe the worst thing Bertolucci has done is make a good film that is too blithe to distance itself from the offensively precious one it constantly threatens to be.
Only time will tell if The Dreamers is a great film. I think it is at the least a very good one.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Not good for you, but wickedly pleasurable all the same.
Bertolucci and Adair have made a beguiling tribute to the glorious indeterminacy of youth.
For all its multi-layered sexuality, the film's bottom line is all about the destruction of the characters' dreams when those dreams are touched by reality.
| Original Score: 5/5
The Dreamers is about three people dropping out of the world for a while, even as they imagine themselves an integral part of it.
| Original Score: 4/4