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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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Chris Peachment
Time Out
January 26, 2006
For all that it may come out of Africa, the film's final destination is not many miles from Disneyland.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
With the exception of Miss Streep's performance, the pleasures of Out of Africa are all peripheral -- David Watkin's photography, the landscapes, the shots of animal life -all of which would fit neatly into a National Geographic layout.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Out of Africa is a great movie to look at, breathtakingly filmed on location. It is a movie with the courage to be about complex, sweeping emotions, and to use the star power of its actors without apology.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 18, 1985
It tells a grand love story in less-than-grand fashion but is nevertheless worth seeing because of all the other things it does right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4