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The Dreamers Reviews

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Cole Smithey
August 27, 2009
Legendary director Bernardo Bertolucci ("1900") crafts a return to social revolt in the form of sexual pursuits by a trio of late '60s teenaged students in this engaging yet insufficient movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Despite the movie's well-earned NC-17, Bertolucci's own ménage à trois favors cinephilia over the related pleasures of politics and sex.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Bertolucci tops himself.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
December 7, 2007
It's an amusing, sophisticated movie, true to its times, cheerfully erotic, and played with unselfconscious conviction by its three young actors.
Emanuel Levy
June 3, 2006
The film is at once a celebration of the sexual revolution and a celebration of cinema as the secular equivalent of religion, at a time when movies really mattered.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Fans of film and gorgeous naked people of either sex will find much here to interest them. But it also has moments that make you want to throw stones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A real pleasure.
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
The venue for Pitt's marvelous coming-out performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 3, 2005
It's a hot sequence that nudges the boundary of taste, but still manages to come off more as art than porn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004
The Dreamers is a richly imagined, boldly acted ode to the delirium of a generation that didn't know it was dreaming.
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 3, 2004
Maybe the worst thing Bertolucci has done is make a good film that is too blithe to distance itself from the offensively precious one it constantly threatens to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 3, 2004
Only time will tell if The Dreamers is a great film. I think it is at the least a very good one.
| Original Score: 3.5/4

Sunday Times (Australia)
April 26, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
April 9, 2004
Not good for you, but wickedly pleasurable all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Anderson
April 9, 2004
Bertolucci and Adair have made a beguiling tribute to the glorious indeterminacy of youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 7, 2004
For all its multi-layered sexuality, the film's bottom line is all about the destruction of the characters' dreams when those dreams are touched by reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 23, 2004
The Dreamers is about three people dropping out of the world for a while, even as they imagine themselves an integral part of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 18, 2004
It's thrilling.
| Original Score: 4/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Top Critic
David Rooney
March 26, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Maximilian Le Cain
Senses of Cinema
August 16, 2004
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
August 14, 2004
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 6, 2004

Boston Phoenix
February 14, 2004
February 7, 2004
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