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I Dreamed of Africa (2000)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 87
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 79

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


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 27

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



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Kim Basinger stars in this film based on the life and work of Kuki Gallmann. As a child, Kuki visited Africa with her family and became fascinated with the beauty of its land and wildlife. Years later, at the age of 25, Kuki returned to Africa with her husband, Paolo (Vincent Perez), and their young son, Emanuele (Liam Aiken). Kuki and Paolo built a ranch and developed a passionate interest in protecting the endangered wildlife of the region, such as elephants and rhinos. However, while Africa



Paula Milne, Susan Shilliday

Aug 29, 2000

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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (79) | DVD (4)

Ultimately the movie is alluring and respectful -- its sadness may be what saves it from becoming sensationalist or trite.

February 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It hasn't any rhythm at all, just a string of downbeats and a hackneyed old tune that equates mere survival with heroism.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Doesn't have much plot.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Africa never gets inside the heads of its characters. They may be based on actual people, but they're flat as cardboard.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A Meandering Mess.

January 1, 2000
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Director Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire) visits adversities as if they were stops on a photo safari.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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:

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
Film Quips Online

Shockingly boring and stupifyingly umoving.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

You should avoid this film and take a trip to the zoo instead.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Ms. Basinger clearly relished the chance to throw herself into a character who endures many emotional extremities, though the joy and happiness she professes to find in Africa is not much in evidence.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

The writing itself is a bit immature, What the film does best is depict the unpredictable rhythm and dangerous allure of Africa.

September 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Gallmann now is a respected conservationist in Kenya. Fine. Good for her. But in this case, not so good for us.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

A beautiful travelogue and a squandered opportunity.

July 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

It's beautifully photographed and well directed by Hugh Hudson, but the script is flimsy.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Movieline

Kim Basinger does white woman's burden in this post-colonialist biopic yawner.

April 9, 2001

In the film, it feels more like Gallmann is simply tolerating her life in Africa rather than embracing it, and the disparity between those two positions makes all the difference in the world.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

If the film had shown the actors getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, it would have been more convincing. That's real nature.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Director Hugh Hudson rarely allows the film to grab ahold of the viewer.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

It's debatable how well Gallman's story is served by Basinger and director Hugh Hudson.

January 1, 2000
Winnipeg Sun

The script reeks with clichés.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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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

Super Reviewer

A great movie!
December 15, 2007
Leo L

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