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Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999)

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80

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 131

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This drama takes place in Somerset, England in 1958. Eva is a twenty-year-old woman who fantasizes about travel, painting, classic books, and the attention of Joseph Lees, her second cousin, with whom she fell in love as a girl. Joseph, whom she has not seen for four years, is the only member of the family who has managed to get away from the stale domestic cycle. He has recently been injured in a truck accident and Eva imagines herself curing his wounds. She conceals her obsession from everyone

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Drama, Romance

Catherine Linstrum

May 16, 2000

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (9)

A beautifully articulated and acutely perceptive work with impeccable, carefully shaded performances.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Beautifully shot and often moving.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
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A rather run-of-the-mill costume drama.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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Unbelievably boring.

March 26, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

The strength of the film was not in its logic, but in Samantha Morton's performance as Eva.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

For a film about romantic obsession, Joseph Lees barely delves into the heroine's psychological state

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This film reminded me of a Thomas Hardy type of novel that was written by someone who didn't have the writer's obvious talents.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Most of the performances seem a bit thin and miscast, inspiring me to wonder what this film might've been like with different actors.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
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