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6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 50
  2. Negative: 8 out of 50
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  1. MichelleD.
    Jan 15, 2005
    10
    Love love LOVE this movie. I think it is original and just totally interesting and beautiful. It is a little dark at times- but death and hell are that way. Who knows - it could all be true!
  2. [Anonymous]
    Aug 14, 2005
    10
    This is a phenomenal movie. This movie shows how friends and family survive past death and find each other again. Also this is a wonderful movie of a man who loves his wife and tries everything to make her happy. No one was better for the lead role except for Robin Williams. It's a must see in my book!
  3. JoshT.
    Feb 24, 2006
    10
    i think this movie is amazing in every way. it is a beautiful love story that endures all obstacles. superb acting. amazing effects. a story that you couldnt find anywhere else.
  4. CassandraT
    Sep 28, 2007
    10
    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 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? Expand
  5. ColinD.
    Sep 11, 2008
    9
    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.
  6. Sep 10, 2011
    10
    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.
  7. LosD.
    Jul 9, 2004
    0
    Robin William's worst, and perhaps the worst film of all time. Cuba Gooding Jr is the worst actor ever (everyone already knew that). Vincent Ward doesn't deserve such bad material.
  8. PatC.
    May 5, 2004
    6
    A fantastic visualization of the elements of subconscious serendipity, but descending into a pit of spiritual exhaustion from which it cannot, despite its best efforts, extricate itself. Like a Monet painting, it is all about color and light in a place where people also become objects for harmonic interplay, not personalities. Drab and poorly explored profundities are cloaked in garments A fantastic visualization of the elements of subconscious serendipity, but descending into a pit of spiritual exhaustion from which it cannot, despite its best efforts, extricate itself. Like a Monet painting, it is all about color and light in a place where people also become objects for harmonic interplay, not personalities. Drab and poorly explored profundities are cloaked in garments of scintillating beauty that are worthy of appreciation. Expand
  9. Jan 16, 2012
    2
    Besides the film being visually appealing the acting fails to impress along with its confusing story that is supposed to be emotionally gut-wrenching which it isn't. I give this film 24%.
  10. Aug 24, 2014
    4
    There is a certain beauty about this film. Largely from the visual effects and the wonder of Robin Williams. Beyond that, the story doesn't allow itself to live up to any expectations.
  11. Aug 29, 2012
    6
    The main thing about this movie are the visual effects, which are awesome for the year 1998! Heaven and hell are shown in a subtle way, which is very interesting and really memorable. The actors are disappointing and the story is predictable. But it's touching and good picturized from this great book! All in all, it's good but could've been way better! (I liked the alternative ending onThe main thing about this movie are the visual effects, which are awesome for the year 1998! Heaven and hell are shown in a subtle way, which is very interesting and really memorable. The actors are disappointing and the story is predictable. But it's touching and good picturized from this great book! All in all, it's good but could've been way better! (I liked the alternative ending on the special DVD better - look for Wikipedia if you want to know what it is!) Expand
  12. Sep 8, 2013
    9
    BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Any critic that have it less than 9 is a heartless cold soul.
    So much beauty/pain/love all together in one!!
    I cry every time. Only downfall is you need tissues for this movie, it's a sad film for the most part.
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. Like most dreams revisited with eyes wide open, this one's content dissolves into a transparent puddle of inchoate thoughts and predictable iconography.
  2. 88
    So breathtaking, so beautiful, so bold in its imagination, that it's a surprise at the end to find it doesn't finally deliver.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    50
    What's so disappointing is that the film had so much potential as a concept. The story slowly degenerates into a plodding, sappy bore.