Out of Africa Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 21, 2015
The relationship between Karen Blixen and her British lover, Denys Finch Hatton, may fail to catch fire. But the production itself is so exquisitely served that you can't help but be grateful for this extraordinary visual treat.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
January 6, 2014
Luedtke and Pollack bought these high-priced literary sources only to chuck them for a conventional, largely fictionalized movie romance.
Sue Heal
Radio Times
January 6, 2014
What the movie loses in emotional realism, it gains in sheer epic audacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 6, 2014
The relationship of Karen and Denys is a prickly and, despite the era in which it is set, curiously modern one. It's also at the heart of this understated movie.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2014
Streep may convince us utterly that she is in love with Africa, but our views of it are a little too stately to really feel the place.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 6, 2014
Out of Africa is a splendid example of that persistent genre, the coffeetable movie. It's big, beautiful, and imposing. But there isn't much to it, and pretty pictures -- replacing ideas, not supporting them -- are its only real attraction.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 6, 2014
Out of Africa has the sheen of artsiness and the gloss of two big-name actors. Unfortunately, that`s not quite enough in the absence of a story with vigor and passion.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 6, 2014
My basic problem with this otherwise sumptuous and well-acted film is that I never was able to accept Redford in character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Neil Smith
Total Film
February 15, 2013
Despite its technical assurance and some strong performances, this is a film that favours spectacular landscapes over emotional depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
September 3, 2012
Not even the meticulous Meryl can breathe life into a movie that never really gets started, and takes almost an hour to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 30, 2012
Fantastic acting or not... seven Oscars or not... I was bored. And I can't get past that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
Out of Africa is, at last, the free-spirited, fullhearted gesture that everyone has been waiting for the movies to make all decade long. It reclaims the emotional territory that is rightfully theirs.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 28, 2008
Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, this earned seven, including Best Picture and Best Director ... but no Best Actress, alas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 25, 2008
Dull biopic of the strong-willed Danish writer Isak Dinesen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
The film is so preened and self-satisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser
January 28, 2008
The film runs for 161 minutes and does not have a strongly defined narrative.

Film4
January 28, 2008
As the Academy found before awarding it seven Oscars, it is easy to be seduced by the lush cinematography and Barry's score. More difficult to tolerate is the slushy love story between Streep and Redford.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 28, 2008
The movie is not drama and far from a compelling romance. Needless to say, the prestige and technical polish on display here were enough to win this flick a passel of Oscars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Harwood
Variety
January 28, 2008
Maybe the problem of the pacing is simply the nature of the beast these days with expensive period pieces. Once the difficult details are all in place, it may be too much to expect a director to resist milking every scene for more than it's worth.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2007
Sydney Pollack applies craftsmanship and restraint to a classic plot curve of longing, fulfillment, and loss, and although the denouement is a bit overextended, he never yields to facile, insistent sentimentality -- his effects are honestly won.
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