This astonishingly awful film is a study in how a film can go terribly wrong from concept to execution.
| Original Score: 0/4
Ultimately the movie is alluring and respectful -- its sadness may be what saves it from becoming sensationalist or trite.
There's some good work from Basinger and solid (but also bland) techs and not too much else.
| Original Score: C+
A production like this deserves better scriptwriters and a better leading player.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Shockingly boring and stupifyingly umoving.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
You should avoid this film and take a trip to the zoo instead.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It hasn't any rhythm at all, just a string of downbeats and a hackneyed old tune that equates mere survival with heroism.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The writing itself is a bit immature, What the film does best is depict the unpredictable rhythm and dangerous allure of Africa.
Gallmann now is a respected conservationist in Kenya. Fine. Good for her. But in this case, not so good for us.
A beautiful travelogue and a squandered opportunity.
| Original Score: 42/100
It's beautifully photographed and well directed by Hugh Hudson, but the script is flimsy.
Kim Basinger does white woman's burden in this post-colonialist biopic yawner.
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.
If the film had shown the actors getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, it would have been more convincing. That's real nature.
| Original Score: 5/10
Doesn't have much plot.
Director Hugh Hudson rarely allows the film to grab ahold of the viewer.
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.
It's debatable how well Gallman's story is served by Basinger and director Hugh Hudson.
The script reeks with clichés.