Out of Africa - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Out of Africa Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 21, 2015
The relationship between Karen Blixen and her British lover, Denys Finch Hatton, may fail to catch fire. But the production itself is so exquisitely served that you can't help but be grateful for this extraordinary visual treat.
Sue Heal
Radio Times
January 6, 2014
What the movie loses in emotional realism, it gains in sheer epic audacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 6, 2014
The relationship of Karen and Denys is a prickly and, despite the era in which it is set, curiously modern one. It's also at the heart of this understated movie.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
Out of Africa is, at last, the free-spirited, fullhearted gesture that everyone has been waiting for the movies to make all decade long. It reclaims the emotional territory that is rightfully theirs.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 28, 2008
Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, this earned seven, including Best Picture and Best Director ... but no Best Actress, alas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 10, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
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+
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 5, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 10, 2002
Epic filmmaking at its most lushly romantic
| Original Score: 5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 7, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Szymanski
August 16, 2002
Long and tedious at times, but Redford and Streep shine.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 5, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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