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I Dreamed of Africa (2000)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 102
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 92

The straightforward retelling of Kuki Gallman's life in Africa neither moves or entertains the viewer.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 32

The straightforward retelling of Kuki Gallman's life in Africa neither moves or entertains the viewer.



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"I Dreamed of Africa" is inspired by the true story of the indomitable Kuki Gallmann, a beautiful, inquisitive woman who had the courage to escape from her comfortable yet monotonous life in Italy to start anew in the wilds of Africa with her son Emanuele and her husband Paolo. Though first in awe of the incredible power of nature and sense of freedom in the wide open Kenyan countryside, Kuki soon discovers that life in rural Africa is not a fairy tale existence. Wild elephants and lions roam



Paula Milne, Susan Shilliday

Aug 29, 2000

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I Dreamed of Africa boasts the majestic landscapes and wildlife that explain why anyone would be spellbound by the place. But the story is fitfully episodic and the jerky editing doesn't help a bit.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Basinger handles her role capably, but is absurdly miscast as an Italian, and French actor Perez fails to create credible chemistry with his co-star.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's neither epic enough to fulfill a grand scope, nor intimate enough to be an overpowering emotional experience.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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This film, based on a true story, transcends its handsomeness to present a subtle portrait of a woman's growing consciousness.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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In the opening segment of I Dreamed Of Africa, Kim Basinger breaks her leg. The rest of the film is so dull, you can almost hear the bone heal.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Basinger's performance is exceptional. She brings a raw, unselfconscious drive to the role that holds the film together, even while Hudson keeps it hopscotching across time.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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I Dreamed of Africa fails on so many levels that it's hard to even give it credit for the one area in which it excels.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It's very similar in story and theme to Out Of Africa but lacks that film's grandeur and real sense of what makes the heroine love the country.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Given contemporary African issues, the film doesn't ring true or do anything beyond skate over a familiar and all-too melodramatic surface.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Here's hoping your own dreams of Africa are more interesting -- and better acted -- than this movie.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Director Hugh Hudson gives us a Kenya that is dusty, bleak and generally unappealing. Rarely has a movie about Africa aroused so few feelings of escapism.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

This flawed film carries within it a rich and complex performance from Basinger.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

I Dreamed of Africa is, quite simply, one of the worst mainstream movies ever made.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The narration, presumably from Gallmann's book, must lose something in the translation; in Basinger's solemn readings, it sounds like ersatz greeting-card poetry.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

This astonishingly awful film is a study in how a film can go terribly wrong from concept to execution.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source:

The movie isn't just bad -- it's frustratingly fragmented.

March 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

There's some good work from Basinger and solid (but also bland) techs and not too much else.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A production like this deserves better scriptwriters and a better leading player.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
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Audience Reviews for I Dreamed of Africa

This true drama based on the memoirs of Kuki Gallmann was so emotionally and sadly when she got homestead on a farm in Africa with her new husband and young son.
September 3, 2007
Dean McKenna

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Kim Basinger was excellent in this. The whole film is wonderfully exotic and beautifully shot.
May 16, 2009

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A great movie!
December 15, 2007
Leo L

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