Mean Dreams

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Mean Dreams enlivens its familiar premise with rich details, strong performances from a talented cast playing fully realized characters, and sensitive work from director Nathan Morlando.

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A 15-year-old boy steals a bag of drug money and runs away with the girl he loves. While her violent and corrupt cop father hunts them down, they embark on a journey that will change their lives forever.

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (10)

  • Not a great film in the same vein as Badlands and Pretty Poison, but a very good one that is well worth seeing.

    March 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • One of those sparse projects where you wonder what excited the filmmakers through each stage of the production process, and why the answer to that question isn't more obvious.

    March 17, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Son Lux's percussive and atonal score combined with the kids constantly looking over their shoulders lend their escapes a sense of immediacy and danger.

    March 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • While the plot often travels familiar paths and even the impressive camerawork is evocative of other films, "Mean Dreams" has a few story tricks up its sleeve.

    March 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Nathan Morlando's "Mean Dreams" may use a time-honored premise - young lovers on the lam (see: "Badlands") - but it does so with such quiet, gently appealing assurance that it makes the template seem fresh again.

    March 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A beautiful, dangerous picture of rural America with echoes of Terrence Malick.

    March 16, 2017 | Full Review…

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