• PG-13, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Hugh Hudson
    In Theaters:
    May 5, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 29, 2000
  • Columbia Pictures


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I Dreamed of Africa Reviews

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Michael Dequina

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

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 0/4

October 17, 2007
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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Ultimately the movie is alluring and respectful -- its sadness may be what saves it from becoming sensationalist or trite.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 26, 2007
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

April 9, 2005
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

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

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 8, 2003
Susannah Breslin
Film Threat

Shockingly boring and stupifyingly umoving.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 8, 2002
Chris Gore
Film Threat

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

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1/5

December 8, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 15, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 19, 2002
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

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

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 16, 2001
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine

September 10, 2001
Christabel Padmore
Apollo Guide

A beautiful travelogue and a squandered opportunity.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 42/100

July 24, 2001
Stephen Farber

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

Full Review Source: Movieline

April 17, 2001
Prairie Miller

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

April 9, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 27, 2001
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 5/10

January 1, 2001
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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Doesn't have much plot.

January 1, 2000
Jim Judy
Screen It!

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

Full Review Source: Screen It!

January 1, 2000
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Out of Africa, which was so bland I'd almost forgotten it, packs a dramatic wallop compared with the enervated storytelling in I Dreamed of Africa.

January 1, 2000
Randall King
Winnipeg Sun

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

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The script reeks with clichés.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 5/10

January 1, 2000
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