In Dreams 1999

In Dreams

Critics Consensus

Some interesting visuals, but the movie is as confusing as a dream.

24%

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40%

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After clairvoyant Claire Cooper (Annette Bening) has a disturbing dream about the murder of a young girl, her daughter, Rebecca (Katie Sagona), is found dead in a lake. When the police dismiss Cooper's offers to help their investigation, she seeks treatment with therapist Silverman (Stephen Rea), who diagnoses her as emotionally disturbed. As Cooper's dreams become increasingly vivid, she grows concerned that she has developed a psychic link to serial killer Vivian Thompson (Robert Downey Jr.).

Cast & Crew

Annette Bening
Claire Cooper
Aidan Quinn
Paul Cooper
Robert Downey Jr.
Vivian Thompson
Paul Guilfoyle
Det. Jack Kay
Stephen Rea
Dr. Silverman
Katie Sagona
Rebecca Cooper
Bari Wood
Writer (Novel)
Bruce Robinson
Screenwriter
Neil Jordan
Screenwriter
Charles Burke
Producer
Elliot Goldenthal
Original Music
Roy Orbison
Non-Original Music
Darius Khondji
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for In Dreams

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (38)

Audience Reviews for In Dreams

  • Oct 10, 2017
    I can understand why people wouldn't like this film, considering a complex concept is neutered by poor execution and great actors give in to overacting more than once. Still, this film is hypnotic and dreamlike, many of the shots are pure art. If you appreciate masterful ambiance, this film has it, just don't expect to be rapt by the story.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2011
    Frustrating initially as Bening's character virtually makes every dumb bad movie choice (i.e. "...don't go outside/upstairs/downstairs ALONE!") a character can make, the work eventually settles into a double horror piece with strange and moody locales and Downey's enjoyable Lector pastiche.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2009
    Wow, this is bad. Ok, I quite liked the production design, and especially liked the opening underwater sequence and the scene where Bening drives her car off the cliff near the beginning. But this is all flashy style over any kind of substance. Restless, chaotic, nonsensical and horribly plot driven, <i>In Dreams</i> features a toe-curlingly awful performance from the usually great Annette Bening and an eye-rolling, OTT act from Robert Downey Jr. I can't believe Neil Jordan made this film, it's utterly risible but too dull to be enjoyable, and doesn't even have internal logic. If you fell in love with the equally flashy <i>The Cell</i> then you'll probably appreciate this, too. I'm angry I wasted my time with this rubbish.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2009
    Not a bad effort at all really - Annette Benning was convincing and Robert Downey Jnr was entertaining, he did what he could with the character...... The plotline is a bit far fetched but if you overlook that or go with it this is an enjoyable psychological thriller
    Samantha A Super Reviewer

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