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In Dreams (1999)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 38

Some interesting visuals, but the movie is as confusing as a dream.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 8

Some interesting visuals, but the movie is as confusing as a dream.



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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 8,451

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Movie Info

Neil Jordan's laughably silly horror-thriller stars Annette Bening as a clairvoyant children's book illustrator forced to take the laws of nature into her own hands to stop a serial killer who has taken possession of her dreams.


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Bruce Robinson, Neil Jordan

Jun 1, 1999


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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (38) | DVD (6)

Ambitious but ultimately incoherent and frustrating tale that may be too cerebral for the horror genre crowds and too literal-minded for the genre's more intelligent viewers; lush visual style compensates only up to a point.

October 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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The silliest thriller in many a moon!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A memorably creepy and lyrical shocker full of spine-chilling scenes and moments!

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Has a strange beauty, an intensely creepy atmosphere, and a grandly operatic feel.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

In Dreams harshly blends dreams with reality in a way that's both distorting and gratifying, but witnessing Claire's downward spiral is unintentionally humorous while the film completely loses focus and slowly inflates into illogical territory.

July 21, 2013 Full Review Source:

In dreams, this film would be a chilling exercise in psychological horror; in reality, it's a fascinating folly.

May 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

Jordan drops his common sense so consistently here that much of In Dreams is fascinating.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source:

Someday, Annette Bening is going to star in a movie that's as interesting and powerful as she can be as an actress.

July 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Pretty much falls into the bin with the many other serial killer movies made recently.

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Overall, a mediocre film with a few adequately chilling moments.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

A scary psychological thriller with a powerful finale.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

So viscerally stimulating, interesting, & well-performed on the part of Annette Bening, & then it still fell right out of my head.

December 30, 2001 Full Review

Salient images fly free, thanks to Jordan's acute visual sense.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

The best Jordan can muster after some early, genuine thrills is a few spooky underwater scenes and some close-ups of graphic violence.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch

A confused, atmospheric horror knockoff!

January 1, 2000
Charlotte Observer

Sounds interesting enough, right? What could go wrong? Well, everything.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

One of the most consistently disturbing, surprising, and visually beautiful motion pictures I have seen this decade.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Bening and Downey, perhaps forgetting they're in one of those new-fangled 'talkies,' recklessly indulge in the kinds of outrageous facial expressions not seen onscreen since the last chapter of 'The Perils of Pauline' unspooled.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

For all the movie's extravagances--and it must be admitted that Darius Khondji's cinematography is gloriously extravagant--it just isn't all that frightening.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for In Dreams

Frustrating initially as Bening's character virtually makes every dumb bad movie choice (i.e. "...don't go outside/upstairs/downstairs ALONE!") a character can make, the work eventually settles into a double horror piece with strange and moody locales and Downey's enjoyable Lector pastiche.
May 22, 2011

Super Reviewer

this movie sucks. D
June 24, 2010

Super Reviewer

Beautifully shot but it all gets a little too weird towards the end!
September 24, 2009

Super Reviewer

This really was a film of two parts for me, I felt through most of the film the frustration that the character played by Annette Benning was under and thought she did a convincing job. The storyline up until the point when Robert Downey Jr came in was pretty entertaining and unusual, however, I felt the character played by Downey Jr was pretty over exagerated in perfromance and not very believable, so much so this film was heading for 4 stars but took a turn.
April 4, 2008

Super Reviewer

    1. Claire Cooper: I'm not obsessed, I'm possessed.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
    1. Vivian Thompson: Once upon a time there was a little Claire.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
    1. Claire Cooper: He killed Rebecca and he knows I'm dreaming about him.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
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