Out of Africa Reviews

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March 31, 2021
The scenes between Streep and Redford have a certain quality to them, a recognizable essence, I suppose, that boasts both a maturity and an honesty.
March 31, 2021
Considering the wealth of writings by Isak Dinesen and others that its makers had to draw on, this lumbering, $30-million prestige picture is astonishingly glossy, distressingly conventional, and grossly overlong.
January 13, 2021
Out of Africa is simply superb.
January 13, 2021
Sydney Pollack's glorious and stirring Out of Africa is a big-screen epic in the very best sense.
January 13, 2021
Though it has many engaging moments (mostly in its first 40 minutes, out of 150), producer/director Sydney Pollack's attempt to dramatize Isak Dinesen's years as a pioneer farmer in Kenya ultimately fails as drama and as romance.
January 13, 2021
Pollack deserves a good part of the praise for this superb project. From seeing the potential in Dinesen's story in the first place, to bringing it to the screen in such a rich, balanced and engaging way, he deserves thanks along with the accolades.
January 13, 2021
Beautiful in an illustrative and rhapsodic, rather than dramatic, way, this large-scale adaptation of Isak Dinesen's famous 1937 memoir never works up much steam.
January 13, 2021
The movie could probably be shorter, but I didn't wish it so.
January 12, 2021
Like many a classic screen epic, Out of Africa is long, romantic, beautiful, and slightly boring.
January 12, 2021
The film makers' greatest failing is that they have taken inherently interesting characters and given us a film that is a crashing bore.
January 12, 2021
There comes a time in movie addicts' lives when their souls cry out for the kind of film that can fill the screen with magnificent vistas, grand passions and charismatic actors. That's why the arrival of Out of Africa is cause for cheering.
January 12, 2021
Director Sydney Pollack has filmed some lovely and exciting animal/survival footage, and writer Kurt Luedtke has given Streep and Redford the most literate of dialogue to read.
January 12, 2021
Surprise! A movie I thought I'd hate has turned out to be one of the smartest, most enjoyable big-screen romances in years.
January 12, 2021
Out of Africa is a stunner, a freak, a rarity, a miracle. It's a genuine movie for grown-ups that's moving, sweet and deeply romantic.
January 12, 2021
The most-remembered moments of Out of Africa are the travelogue sequences, which is not what the book or the author are all about.
January 12, 2021
In sum, Out of Africa is great film making in the best tradition of Hollywood romance. It's a stunning and immensely satisfying 150 minutes in a theater.
January 12, 2021
A movie of a scale and tone uncommon to Hollywood films.
January 12, 2021
The movie is a beauty to look at and has been staged and assembled with loving care by its director, Sydney Pollack, who has yet to make an unattractive film. And yet Our of Africa just lays there, a victim of its own toney pretension and bloated length.
January 12, 2021
The genuine worth of Out of Africa will rest on whether it inspires viewers to seek out the books of Isak Dinesen. The film's fidelity to these haunting and intensely personal writings is at once its great strength -- and its weakness.
January 12, 2021
The book and its characters are simply not translatable to the screen, and what we get is a sufferable alternative.
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