I Dreamed of Africa Reviews

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December 8, 2002
You should avoid this film and take a trip to the zoo instead.
October 15, 2002
Ms. Basinger clearly relished the chance to throw herself into a character who endures many emotional extremities, though the joy and happiness she professes to find in Africa is not much in evidence.
March 24, 2002
Determined to fit a lifetime's worth of experiences -- lion attack, devastating storm, several deaths, and much more -- into two hours, he speeds through every event, giving equal time to the significant and the less so.
March 19, 2002
It hasn't any rhythm at all, just a string of downbeats and a hackneyed old tune that equates mere survival with heroism.
September 16, 2001
The writing itself is a bit immature, What the film does best is depict the unpredictable rhythm and dangerous allure of Africa.
September 10, 2001
Gallmann now is a respected conservationist in Kenya. Fine. Good for her. But in this case, not so good for us.
July 24, 2001
A beautiful travelogue and a squandered opportunity.
April 17, 2001
It's beautifully photographed and well directed by Hugh Hudson, but the script is flimsy.
April 9, 2001
Kim Basinger does white woman's burden in this post-colonialist biopic yawner.
February 27, 2001
In the film, it feels more like Gallmann is simply tolerating her life in Africa rather than embracing it, and the disparity between those two positions makes all the difference in the world.
January 1, 2001
If the film had shown the actors getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, it would have been more convincing. That's real nature.
January 1, 2000
The script reeks with clichés.
January 1, 2000
Beautiful landscape photography aside, do we really care about a single mother so out of it she marries a man more in love with hunting wild game than with her?
January 1, 2000
Similarly anesthetized, director Hugh Hudson keeps the movie rambling and episodic.
January 1, 2000
When the characters' minds and motivations are frustratingly closed off to us, all we're left with is the dim hope that something adventurous will happen instead. And when it doesn't, there's no hope left at all.
January 1, 2000
Kim Basinger has selected an honest attempt to demarcate actress-defining moments. Unfortunately, she has chosen...poorly.
January 1, 2000
Pic's lack of dramatic rhythm and narrative continuity is exacerbated by Scott Thomas' rough editing.
January 1, 2000
Hudson is hamstrung by a script that strives to touch on every episode in Gallmann's life (or book) without knitting them into a coherent whole.
January 1, 2000
Africa never gets inside the heads of its characters. They may be based on actual people, but they're flat as cardboard.
January 1, 2000
A pretty consistent bungle in the jungle.
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