Out of Africa Reviews

August 12, 2018
The beauty that people talk about after they have eaten their popcorn and blown their noses is a postcard beauty, and the ache they feel has nothing to do with the script and very little to do with the performances.
January 6, 2014
Luedtke and Pollack bought these high-priced literary sources only to chuck them for a conventional, largely fictionalized movie romance.
January 6, 2014
Streep may convince us utterly that she is in love with Africa, but our views of it are a little too stately to really feel the place.
January 6, 2014
Out of Africa is a splendid example of that persistent genre, the coffeetable movie. It's big, beautiful, and imposing. But there isn't much to it, and pretty pictures -- replacing ideas, not supporting them -- are its only real attraction.
January 6, 2014
Out of Africa has the sheen of artsiness and the gloss of two big-name actors. Unfortunately, that`s not quite enough in the absence of a story with vigor and passion.
January 6, 2014
My basic problem with this otherwise sumptuous and well-acted film is that I never was able to accept Redford in character.
February 15, 2013
Despite its technical assurance and some strong performances, this is a film that favours spectacular landscapes over emotional depth.
September 3, 2012
Not even the meticulous Meryl can breathe life into a movie that never really gets started, and takes almost an hour to end.
July 30, 2012
Fantastic acting or not... seven Oscars or not... I was bored. And I can't get past that.
March 25, 2008
Dull biopic of the strong-willed Danish writer Isak Dinesen.
January 28, 2008
The film runs for 161 minutes and does not have a strongly defined narrative.
January 28, 2008
As the Academy found before awarding it seven Oscars, it is easy to be seduced by the lush cinematography and Barry's score. More difficult to tolerate is the slushy love story between Streep and Redford.
January 28, 2008
The movie is not drama and far from a compelling romance. Needless to say, the prestige and technical polish on display here were enough to win this flick a passel of Oscars.
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.
January 26, 2006
For all that it may come out of Africa, the film's final destination is not many miles from Disneyland.
October 10, 2005
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.
August 1, 2002