In Dreams

1999

In Dreams

Critics Consensus

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

25%

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Total Count: 51

40%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 8,543
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Movie Info

Neil Jordan's laughably silly horror-thriller stars Annette Bening as a clairvoyant children's book illustrator forced to take the laws of nature into her own hands to stop a serial killer who has taken possession of her dreams.

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Cast

Annette Bening
as Claire Cooper
Robert Downey Jr.
as Vivian Thompson
Aidan Quinn
as Paul Cooper
Stephen Rea
as Dr. Silverman
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Dr. Stevens
Katie Sagona
as Rebecca
Paul Guilfoyle (II)
as Detective Jack Kay
Kristin Sroka
as Wicked Stepmother
Robert Walsh
as Man at School Play
Denise Cormier
as Woman at School Play
John Fiore
as Policeman
Ken Cheeseman
as Paramedic
Devon Cole Borisoff
as Young Vivian Thompson
Lonnie Farmer
as Nurse Rosco
Margo Martindale
as Nurse Floyd
June Lewin
as Kindly Nurse
Dorothy Dwyer
as Foster Mother
Geoffrey Wigdor
as Teenage Vivian Thompson
Wally Dunn
as Walter
Eric Roemele
as Security Man in the 1970s
Dossy Peabody
as Vivian's Mother
John Michael Vaughn
as Helicopter Pilot
Brian Goodman
as Policeman in Squad Car
Pete
as Dobie
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Critic Reviews for In Dreams

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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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