Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Laura Miller
    By the movie's numbingly predictable end, the notion of a visually unleashed cinema seems like a monstrous mistake -- we've handed over the atom bomb to the Teletubbies!
  2. 30
    What a letdown that Vincent Ward, who gave us a fabulous gift with Map of the Hu-man Heart, has made this big old tub of schmaltz.
  3. Directed by Vincent ("A Map of the Human Heart") Ward, who is either a genius or a crackpot, and derived from a long-ago novel by Richard Matheson, the film is overproduced and underpopulated, with either characters or ideas.
  4. Reviewed by: Bruce Diones
    Though director Vincent Ward used his special-effects budget well -- there are some stunning impressionistic moments -- the film is as gooey and sticky as an overcooked marshmallow.
  5. 25
    How can a film look so radiant and be so hollow?
  6. Reviewed by: David Armstrong
    A scary example of bad movies happening to good people.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Sep 10, 2011
    I could not follow this mixed up movie. The depictions of heaven and hell showed heaven to be as depressing as hell, some place no one would want to be. I finally just turned the movie off since I got absolutely no enjoyment out of it, glad it was free. The only thing I really enjoyed about this movie was the beautiful home this couple lived in. That was all. Full Review »
  2. ColinD.
    Sep 11, 2008
    I'm utterly confused as to how critics could review this so poorly. What Dreams May Come is a vivid and captivating movie that will both mystify and spiritually gratify nearly anyone that views it. Though it distances itself somewhat from the actual Matheson novel, this film won't disappoint. Full Review »
  3. CassandraT
    Sep 28, 2007
    This movie had some mistakes, much like all movies, but the overall meaning and purpose behind the film is absolutely fabulous. The way the purple flowers fall from the tree to represent the beauty of death, yet the sincere loss of a loved one, the way water plays an extremely important role with the cleansing of both mental and spiritual aspects of "the self." It shows pain, and power through love and free will. Never give up, is the motto throughout the movie. Family is the most valuable thing on earth and it does not just stop there, it follows into the after life. With heaven represented as Annie's paintings it shows that heaven is whatever you want it to be. It is not laced with big pearly gates and cloud walking with angel wings. Heaven is your own manifestation. However it incorporated sin, so that it is not all rainbows and butterflies. Hell is not represented by fire and dragon's breath but is depicted by Dante's "Inferno." Each level representing a different sin. "I'd rather die trying, then never try at all," is a saying common in today's language and through this movie, it gives hope and strength, with lots of symbolic meaning to the questions what is life after death and what is the meaning of life as it is now? Full Review »