I Dreamed of Africa


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 15 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    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. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    There is no obvious reason for the film's meandering existence: it's a series of beautifully photographed postcards of Africa.
  4. 30
    Ultimately the movie is alluring and respectful--its sadness may be what saves it from becoming sensationalist or trite.
  5. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Susannah Breslin
    A fabulous movie if you are a woman over 40 who likes to use the word "empowered" a lot.
  6. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Plods along in the Oscar-winning, yawn-inducing tradition of "Out of Africa," making me yearn for something less "National Geographic."
  7. The story the film tells ruins the movie.
  8. 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.
  9. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Here's hoping your own dreams of Africa are more interesting -- and better acted -- than this movie.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Visually gratifying but dramatically weak, the film falls short of its aspiration to be a sweeping romantic epic.
  12. A wobbly Basinger and a feeble screenplay doom I Dreamed of Africa.
  13. 20
    I Dreamed Of Africa...and all I got was this lousy movie.
  14. 20
    Hudson keeps the movie rambling and episodic, deferring to the imposing backdrop whenever possible.
  15. 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.

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