Dreams of a Life


Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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  1. Reviewed by: Charles Gant
    Aug 2, 2012
    A riveting tale of a onetime vivacious personality, described by those who knew her as "stunning," "lovely," and "very well liked," but who nevertheless died alone, friendless and seemingly missed by nobody.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 1, 2012
    Carol Morley's sadly fascinating Dreams of a Life, which plays like a more artful cousin to TV's true-crime documentaries, slowly assembles a portrait of Vincent, unfolding in a way that should earn fans in its niche theatrical run.
  3. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 31, 2012
    Director Morley has at least restored something of a soul to her subject.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 30, 2012
    Dreams of a Life is a painful film, a Christmas film with no feelgood message, but one which I think would in fact have interested Charles Dickens. Watching it is an almost claustrophobic experience, but a very powerful and moving one.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Jul 30, 2012
    A bleak yet strangely heartening film.
  6. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    Jul 30, 2012
    This barely conceivable story of neglect and loneliness is given heartbreaking new life by Morley, with Zawe Ashton standing in effectively for the tragic young singer.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 30, 2012
    Dreams of a Life succeeds in making its point about the unkowability of the people in our lives, but there isn't quite enough substance here to fully sustain the film.
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  1. Jul 31, 2013
    Ethically, it's a good movie because it shows us the humanity of those forgotten/isolated by society. It's a humane mission to try and examineEthically, it's a good movie because it shows us the humanity of those forgotten/isolated by society. It's a humane mission to try and examine what can make a person's life so empty they end up dying young and alone. One of the central elements is dreams of pop stardom. Dreams that have no real connection to what society can 'do for us'. In that way the life dreamed for was not achievable and the result was a collapsed void of a sleep. Maybe someone could have 'woken her up' by instilling truly a more natural and fulfilling dream. Aesthetically, it's a good movie because the images are well shot and the soundtrack is memorable. For anyone interested in how isolation happens, it's good. It doesn't provide an answer, so you may find yourself wasting your time. I guess the (positive) message is that there are not necessarily any reason or any monsters. It 'just happened'. But knowing it can go this way by nature, we should engage in our neighbours' lives and keep things on track for the better. Full Review »