Out of Africa Reviews

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February 21, 2019
Engagingly played, swoonsomely shot, and a bit breathy... perfect stuff for a Sunday night.
April 26, 2018
The scale of its protagonist's obsessiveness is what gives Out of Africa its splendor.
March 1, 2018
Out of Africa is a melodrama, but in any case, it is an excellent one. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 9, 2018
Meryl Streep is back in top form. This means that her performance in Out of Africa is at the highest level of acting in film today. Since she is Streep, it means that a return to form is not a return: she has realized a character utterly different.
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.
January 6, 2014
What the movie loses in emotional realism, it gains in sheer epic audacity.
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.
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.
May 28, 2008
Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, this earned seven, including Best Picture and Best Director ... but no Best Actress, alas.
February 20, 2008
It's got plenty of glorious vistas, and the screenplays dutifully takes Blixen's memoirs at their word, but this is more Thorn Birds than Lawrence Of Arabia.
December 10, 2007
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.
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.
October 5, 2005
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.
February 7, 2005
beautiful but overrated
August 22, 2004
A lyrical and meditative movie about a strong-willed woman and the place she loves.
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.
November 15, 2002
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