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Out of Africa Reviews

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January 28, 2008
Maybe the problem of the pacing is simply the nature of the beast these days with expensive period pieces. Once the difficult details are all in place, it may be too much to expect a director to resist milking every scene for more than it's worth.
February 5, 2007
Sydney Pollack applies craftsmanship and restraint to a classic plot curve of longing, fulfillment, and loss, and although the denouement is a bit overextended, he never yields to facile, insistent sentimentality -- his effects are honestly won.
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
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+
January 26, 2006
For all that it may come out of Africa, the film's final destination is not many miles from Disneyland.
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
February 7, 2005
beautiful but overrated
| Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2004
A lyrical and meditative movie about a strong-willed woman and the place she loves.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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.
October 10, 2002
Epic filmmaking at its most lushly romantic
| Original Score: 5/5
August 16, 2002
Long and tedious at times, but Redford and Streep shine.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
December 10, 2007
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October 10, 2005
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October 5, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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