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I Dreamed of Africa Reviews

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 23, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 23, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paula Farmer
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
July 23, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Paul West
Seattle Times
July 23, 2014
It's neither epic enough to fulfill a grand scope, nor intimate enough to be an overpowering emotional experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 23, 2014
This film, based on a true story, transcends its handsomeness to present a subtle portrait of a woman's growing consciousness.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 23, 2014
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.
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
July 23, 2014
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.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 23, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lorien Haynes
Radio Times
July 23, 2014
Given contemporary African issues, the film doesn't ring true or do anything beyond skate over a familiar and all-too melodramatic surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
July 23, 2014
Here's hoping your own dreams of Africa are more interesting -- and better acted -- than this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
George Meyer
Orlando Weekly
July 23, 2014
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.
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
July 23, 2014
This flawed film carries within it a rich and complex performance from Basinger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glen Oliver
IGN Movies
July 23, 2014
I Dreamed of Africa is, quite simply, one of the worst mainstream movies ever made.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 23, 2014
Kim Basinger, as Kuki, is attractive and touching, but she's given one unplayable scene after another.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 17, 2007
This astonishingly awful film is a study in how a film can go terribly wrong from concept to execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
March 10, 2007
The movie isn't just bad -- it's frustratingly fragmented.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
February 26, 2007
Ultimately the movie is alluring and respectful -- its sadness may be what saves it from becoming sensationalist or trite.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
There's some good work from Basinger and solid (but also bland) techs and not too much else.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
A production like this deserves better scriptwriters and a better leading player.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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