Dreams Reviews

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December 29, 2018
Dreams might be minor Kurosawa, but it's still a fascinating achievement.
September 5, 2018
Dreams should be seen for the exercise that it gives the imagination, not for its thumping didactic content.
January 16, 2017
Rarely in cinema has the raw personal and symbolic power of dreaming been so effectively captured as in Akira Kurosawa's 1990 feature ... Kurosawa's late film beautifully evokes the short and often baffling nature of dreaming.
December 7, 2016
while not necessarily among Kurosawa's best, is still a remarkable achievement that draws you deep into its fantastical world; even the least effective bits still work in their own way
March 4, 2013
There's greatness in the film's first hour.
March 4, 2013
his is clearly the work of a master filmmaker, even if his Dreams are as unpredictable and uneven as our own.
May 19, 2012
I wish I could say that every segment is fantastic, but just like so many other "short story films", it's a mixed bag.
February 2, 2008
Beautiful to look at but a rather empty fantasy film.
February 9, 2007
In the uneven career of Akira Kurosawa, two limiting factors were sentimentality and preachiness, and both come to the fore in this 1990 collection of eight dreams.
June 24, 2006
Only during a final procession does the old Kurosawa magic get a brief look-in, but by then the hackneyed moralising and dramatic languor have ensured that, despite the well-meaning message, it's hard to care.
July 23, 2005
June 25, 2004
January 20, 2004
Worth seeing if you are a fan of the director, but for anyone else I'd suggest first seeking out his more famous films of the 1950s and '60s.
August 22, 2003
August 11, 2003
Visually stunning, but dramatically pretty lacking.
May 20, 2003
It's something altogether new for Kurosawa, a collection of short, sometimes fragmentary films that are less like dreams than fairy tales of past, present and future. The magical and mysterious are mixed with the practical, funny and polemical.
April 4, 2003
Each [of the eight shorts] is beautifully photographed, and as eye candy alone, they are phenomenal. Unfortunately, several are sluggishly paced.
March 13, 2003
Perhaps the biggest and most painful vanity project ever put to film.
March 10, 2003
It is a satisfying summation of a well-spent career.
March 4, 2003
...brief, moral tales emphasizing visual splendor, imagery, and imagination over conventional characterization and narrative.
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