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. Though beautifully acted by Basinger (everyone else is relegated to a supporting role), there's a strange vagueness to much of this sumptuous, stunningly photographed melodrama.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    This film, based on a true story, transcends its handsomeness to present a subtle portrait of a woman's growing consciousness.
  3. Like the star's acting, the movie is bland, full of good intentions and generally as stiff as a fireplace poker.
  4. Frill-less almost to the point of minimalist, teary without being lachrymose, hers is a performance you'd think was great were the movie in a language you didn't understand.
  5. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Phoebe Flowers
    A wisp of a movie that dissipates the moment you leave the theater.
  6. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    While Basinger admirably invests her role with deep passion and looks splendid in her Kenya khakis, the true story she stars in is disappointingly tame and dramatically inert.
  7. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Ends up a nightmare of a star vehicle.
  8. Surprisingly dull and predictable in its characterizations.
  9. 50
    There is a lack of drama and telling detail. When events happen, they seem more like set pieces than part of the flow.
  10. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Diana Abu-Jaber
    Basinger herself doesn't have the vibrancy of a female hero.
  11. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    Doesn't have much plot. It just sort of meanders around like a wildebeest playing Blind Man's Bluff.
  12. There's little room for Kuki to evolve into anything approaching an actual character, and it would take an actress far greater than Basinger, who gives it her all, to make something of the role.

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