In Dreams


In Dreams (1999)


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


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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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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
as Dobie
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Critic Reviews for In Dreams

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (12)

Ambitious but ultimately incoherent and frustrating tale that may be too cerebral for the horror genre crowds and too literal-minded for the genre's more intelligent viewers; lush visual style compensates only up to a point.

Oct 24, 2006 | Rating: C+
Top Critic

At heart In Dreams is just a campfire story, and a pretty loony one at that. But Neil Jordan has directed it furiously, with a lush, insinuating visual style that gets right under the skin.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5

A memorably creepy and lyrical shocker full of spine-chilling scenes and moments!

Jan 1, 2000

Nightmarishly good!

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

This routine fright factory employs the usual horror movie tactics.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

A disappointing, disjointed thriller that seems like it was cobbled together using elements from better films!

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In Dreams


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 .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

this movie sucks. D

Richard C
Richard C

Super Reviewer


This really was a film of two parts for me, I felt through most of the film the frustration that the character played by Annette Benning was under and thought she did a convincing job. The storyline up until the point when Robert Downey Jr came in was pretty entertaining and unusual, however, I felt the character played by Downey Jr was pretty over exagerated in perfromance and not very believable, so much so this film was heading for 4 stars but took a turn.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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