Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 15 out of 30
  1. 39
    Why waste the price of a movie ticket when you can see wildebeests cavorting for free from the comfort of your own recliner?
  2. A recitation of woes doesn't constitute a plot, and panoramic shots of migrating wildlife don't convey enough African flavor.
  3. 30
    Plods along in the Oscar-winning, yawn-inducing tradition of "Out of Africa," making me yearn for something less "National Geographic."
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    30
    There is no obvious reason for the film's meandering existence: it's a series of beautifully photographed postcards of Africa.
  5. Advance word of mouth has suggested that Ms. Basinger...turns in a performance comparable to Meryl Streep's in "Out of Africa." Would that it were so. Ms. Basinger certainly works hard at her role.
  6. The story the film tells ruins the movie.
  7. 30
    Ultimately the movie is alluring and respectful--its sadness may be what saves it from becoming sensationalist or trite.
  8. 30
    A fabulous movie if you are a woman over 40 who likes to use the word "empowered" a lot.
  9. The story is inspirational in a superficial way, but the filmmakers focus so exclusively on their attractive heroine that the picture loses any real connection with Africa.
  10. Here's hoping your own dreams of Africa are more interesting -- and better acted -- than this movie.
  11. 20
    I Dreamed Of Africa...and all I got was this lousy movie.
  12. 20
    Hudson keeps the movie rambling and episodic, deferring to the imposing backdrop whenever possible.
  13. A wobbly Basinger and a feeble screenplay doom I Dreamed of Africa.
  14. This is a Laura Ashley on Safari meditation on bored rich people searching for fulfillment and a new life among the photogenic wildlife of Kenya. Just wake me when it's over.
  15. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    20
    Visually gratifying but dramatically weak, the film falls short of its aspiration to be a sweeping romantic epic.

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