Out of Africa - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Out of Africa Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 27, 2006
Despite a long-winded approach to moviemaking, Out of Africa is a sumptuous romantic epic with a wonderful lead performance from Meryl Streep.
| Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
July 28, 2006
Bloated and tedious, Pollack's attempt at epic cinema is hampered by failure to provide clues about the meaning of Africa for Dinesen as writer and woman, and Watkin's cinematography is impressive in the manner of National Geographic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
January 26, 2006
For all that it may come out of Africa, the film's final destination is not many miles from Disneyland.
Christopher Null
May 19, 2005
Meryl Streep trots out a classic performance in this 1985 Oscar-winner about Isak Dineson/Karen Blixen, a writer who lived in Africa for a short time and experienced all manner of adventure and heartache, dutifully recorded in this Sydney Pollack epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 7, 2005
beautiful but overrated
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 22, 2004
A lyrical and meditative movie about a strong-willed woman and the place she loves.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
A sumptuous romantic drama, Out of Africa spans continents and partners in while relating the tale of how Karen Blixen grew to become the world-famous author.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
With the exception of Miss Streep's performance, the pleasures of Out of Africa are all peripheral -- David Watkin's photography, the landscapes, the shots of animal life -all of which would fit neatly into a National Geographic layout.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 10, 2002
Epic filmmaking at its most lushly romantic
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
August 16, 2002
Long and tedious at times, but Redford and Streep shine.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Out of Africa is a great movie to look at, breathtakingly filmed on location. It is a movie with the courage to be about complex, sweeping emotions, and to use the star power of its actors without apology.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Out of Africa captures, beautifully and bittersweetly, the last exciting time in the last wild place on Earth, making me feel as if I really missed out on something wonderful by being born too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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James Berardinelli
December 18, 1985
It tells a grand love story in less-than-grand fashion but is nevertheless worth seeing because of all the other things it does right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 10, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 5, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 15, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 18, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 7, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 5, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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