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What Dreams May Come Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 12, 2013
It's a sullen and woefully boring religious sermon...
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Worthwhile for thoughtful teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
May 20, 2009
Aside from having one of the worst titles in recent film memory, "What Dreams May Come" fails by trying to be all things to all people.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Steve Biodrowski
July 7, 2008
The film lurches ... toward greatness, dazzling the viewer with a spectacular view of heaven that is not only beautiful but also profoundly moving.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 19, 2007
Has two things going for it--its spectacular, Academy Award-nominated special effects and the fact that it ends. Everything else about this ridiculous, three-hanky film sends it sharply into nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Visually, it's one of the great movies of its decade; dramatically, it's rather blurry and baffling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
This is what happens when you try to make a philosophical movie about spirituality without making anybody uncomfortable.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Carlo Cavagna
August 11, 2003
This ambitious afterlife romance introduces provoking themes, but Williams eventually leads the way back to familiar hackneyed ground. The grandiose art direction provides moments of wonder, but the muddled script gives them no raison d'Ítre.
| Original Score: D+
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
It may push just the right buttons for some, but it had the perverse effect of making me want to wear black, read some Sartre and revel in a meaningless and empty universe.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nate Yapp
March 4, 2003
Keeps poking the viewer with an Emotion stick.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 12, 2003
The set design, artistic direction, special effects and cinematography of this film are all stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
For all its fabulous imagery and occasional dab-your-eyes moments, What Dreams May Come never rises to the wonderment of its own irresistible conviction -- that love can live beyond the grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
This is still a very special movie experience that must be seen on a big screen, but it isn't quite the masterpiece it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
Starting out as an exploration of the imagination, the film ends with an eloquent statement about compassion.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
All the weeping and hugging the characters do can't make up for the film's fatal lack of texture and psychological nuance.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Director Vincent Ward's view of heaven is surreal and spectacular!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
`What Dreams May Come' is so breathtaking, so beautiful, so bold in its imagination!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sean P. Means
January 1, 2000
Few films delight the eye the way Vincent Ward's What Dreams May Come does!

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Ultimately it's too trippy--and drippy--for all its visual finery and erudite musings.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
If the film's morose sentimentality sidesteps ludicrousness, it's also not very dramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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