Dreams of a Life
Dreams of a Life (2012)

Would anyone miss you? Nobody noticed when Joyce Vicent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 11, 2012
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Somewhere at the bottom of this story is an ache about the value of a life.

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Charles Gant

A riveting tale of a onetime vivacious personality, described by those who knew her as "stunning," "lovely," and "very well liked," but who nevertheless died alone, friendless and seemingly missed by nobody.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Disappointing documentary-fiction hybrid on the true story of a woman found dead and alone in an apartment three years after her demise. A pile-up of unanswered questions and unidentified witnesses frustrates more than it intrigues.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

Its holes or omissions cannot diminish the gaping eloquence of the situation and the questions that arise.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Director Morley has at least restored something of a soul to her subject.

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Eric Kohn

Dreams of a Life unintentionally amounts to a mean-spirited snooze.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

For all its subtext about identity and London's social fabric, "Dreams of a Life" leaves too many blanks and is ultimately more frustrating than rewarding.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Left with barely any there there, Morley compensates with long reenactments starring look-alike Zawe Ashton that are never quite convincing but instead suck more air out of the haunting vacuum left behind in Vincent's wake.

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Dreams of a Life succeeds in making its point about the unkowability of the people in our lives, but there isn't quite enough substance here to fully sustain the film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
One of the most haunting films I've ever seen. A lot of relationship, community and social issues are raised here as peoples emotions, reactions and… More
Eric Broome
A terrible documentary, loaded with tacky recreations and lasting three times too long for the paltry amount of material available about the main issue (a woman… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Would anyone miss you?"</i> A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in… More
Walter M.
"Dreams of a Life" is an artfully made and haunting documentary about Joyce Vincent whose body was found in her London bedsit(if Wikipedia is to be… More