The Dreamers

2004

The Dreamers

Critics Consensus

Though lushly atmospheric, The Dreamers doesn't engage or provoke as much as it should.

60%

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Total Count: 160

78%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 46,985
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The tumultuous political landscape of Paris in 1968 serves as the backdrop for a tale about three young cineastes who are drawn together through their passion for film. Matthew, an American exchange student, pursuing his education abroad in Paris, becomes friends with a French brother and sister duo, named Guillaume and Danielle, who share a common love of the cinema. While the May 1968 Paris student riots--which eventually shut down most of the French government--are happening around them, the three friends develop a relationship unlike anything Matthew has ever experienced, or will ever encounter again.

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Critic Reviews for The Dreamers

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (44)

Audience Reviews for The Dreamers

  • Apr 20, 2016
    Dreamy, romantic and effortlessly weird, the Dreamers plays out less like a film and more like an unfinished script or a thrown away play. It's great and very cool and there's a 50% chance that you were engaged by the film enough to be blown away by its clever ending, but unfortunately I don't think they delved into the themes presented enough, instead they just teased the audience with them. It's angsty melodrama isn't anything new or refreshing. The camera-work is good if a bit boring at times.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2013
    Although it's far from perfect, The Dreamers is edgy and fast-paced enough to work well as an enthrallingly unusual 1960s period piece and a heartfelt love letter to film.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    I love artistic films like this one, sex, passion and love is never boring.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2011
    Wild and ambitious, The Dreamers is a Bernardo Bertolucci masterpiece that candidly declares an erotic affection for cinema with references to Breathless, Band Of Outsiders, and other classics. For cinephiles, The Dreamers is a daring and nostalgic exploration of cinema, sex, and politics with equally daring performances from the talented ménage à trois - Michael Pitt, Eva Green, and Louis Garrel. Strictly for mature audiences only.
    Jan Marc M Super Reviewer

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