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The Dreamers Reviews

January 26, 2006
A real pleasure.
August 7, 2004
Exhilarating.
March 5, 2004
Swept away by the intensity of the characters' movie debates and sexual games, Bertolucci often recaptures the film-besotted spirit of the period.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2004
Ambitious and uneven, visceral and pungent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 26, 2004
A film about youth and passion that seems old and passionless.
February 20, 2004
Its nostalgia and narcissism are ultimately two versions of the same thing, and neither can reopen cross-cultural channels. Instead they keep this story stuck in the past, frozen and intact and irrelevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 20, 2004
A rare movie made by and for adults, haunts its watcher for some time, despite its shortcomings.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2004
The entire film is a charged sensory experience -- a cinematic turn-on.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 20, 2004
It is a well-made film in many ways, but I found in the callowness of these youths nothing to admire.
Read More | Original Score: B-
February 14, 2004
The Dreamers makes its point with clips of old films. And yes, there is quite a bit of sex and nudity.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 13, 2004
[A] provocative, sensual feast.
February 13, 2004
It is both a love song to escapism and a warm embrace of the real world -- a wake-up call that one place, without the other to occasionally return to, would make life for us (who are the real dreamers) far less wonderful.
February 13, 2004
Do these characters really care about the collected works of Godard? Not for one Parisian minute.
February 13, 2004
Anyone seeking cheap titillation would do better to invest their movie cash in a fresh copy of Playboy or Penthouse than to spend the two hours of contemplation needed to fully appreciate the myriad layers of The Dreamers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 13, 2004
An ambitious and exciting piece of work, a movie about sex and movies made by a filmmaker who understands the power of each to set off fantasy, create addiction, incite danger and transform the spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 13, 2004
An out-of-print postcard of a movie, neither shocking or smart enough to matter in the modern world, and too disjointed to be involving.
Read More | Original Score: D+
February 13, 2004
It effectively explains why we obsess over movies and rock and roll and honest communication long after those passions have been hijacked by parodists and advertising agencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 13, 2004
Rather than turning into a coming-of-age story, the movie wallows in the cocoon-like insularity of its characters.
Read More | Original Score: C+
February 13, 2004
A rich movie filling the viewer with a four-course French meal of sensuality, politics, ideas and character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 13, 2004
Above all it evokes a time when the movies -- good movies, both classic and newborn -- were at the center of youth culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 13, 2004
It's funny, affecting, interestingly twisted, and seriously erotic before it heads south in the final stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 13, 2004
A film about youthful passion -- for sex, for politics, for music and, above all, for film itself -- that feels passionless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 12, 2004
It's wonderful to see a film that takes back sex from the smutty teen comedies, that grapples with political ideas and shouts its love of cinema from the rooftops.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 12, 2004
How much you enjoy The Dreamers will depend on your threshold for flash minus dramatic depth or political subtext.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 12, 2004
Knowing that a character prefers Chaplin to Keaton tells us only about his taste, not about his soul.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 12, 2004
It's a movie so physically beautiful and ardent that it can make you fall in love or lust against better judgment.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 7, 2004
It's possible that the NC-17 has never been used to such PG-13 ends.
February 7, 2004
They aren't making revolution in this hothouse, they're making a listless blue movie.
February 6, 2004
The siblings, in particular, grow so irritating with their cultural tunnel-vision that even the film's explicit sex grows monotonous, and its lack of humor grows irritating.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 6, 2004
This isn't one of those old 'adults-only' movies. This is, simply, a movie only for adults -- and worthy of their attention and debate.
February 6, 2004
A kind of art-house Showgirls -- which actually exceeds Showgirls in its self-indulgence, shallowness and sheer stupidity.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 6, 2004
For the easily titillated, among whose company I count myself, the rewards are plenty in this curious ménage à trois among college students in 1968 Paris.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 5, 2004
If you don't glow with the same pleasure [Bertolucci] feels when the characters in The Dreamers alternate brashness with callow immaturity, you're going to be in for a very long evening.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 5, 2004
Bernardo Bertolucci's new film is an ardently romantic love song to sex, cinema and the spirit of the 60's.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 5, 2004
Grim and joyless.
February 5, 2004
The dialogue is so trite you wouldn't want to be that young again ... and the rococo nature of the erotic entanglements make one pine for the relatively old-fashioned romance of Last Tango in Paris.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 5, 2004
A wise, high-energy conjuring of 1968.
February 4, 2004
Bertolucci is so drunk on déjá vu he has made a movie that's really a flossy assemblage of Bertolucci signifiers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 3, 2004
Bad, but unlike the similarly camped-up Little Buddha or Stealing Beauty, it's not exactly boring.
January 29, 2004
Bertolucci provokes audiences instead of pacifying them. Boy, do we need him now.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 29, 2004
At a reflective and still romantic 63, Mr. Bertolucci pays heartfelt hommage to Henri Langlois' famous theater, Cinémathèque Française.
September 4, 2003
Neither the story nor the characters capture the zeitgeist that Bertolucci theoretically set out to celebrate.