I Dreamed of Africa
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I Dreamed of Africa
Kim Basinger stars in this film based on the life and work of Kuki Gallmann. As a child, Kuki visited Africa with her family and became fascinated with the beauty of its land and wildlife. Years later, at the age of 25, Kuki returned to Africa with her husband, Paolo (Vincent Perez), and their young son, Emanuele (Liam Aiken). Kuki and Paolo built a ranch and developed a passionate interest in protecting the endangered wildlife of the region, such as elephants and rhinos. However, while Africa was a place of beauty and wonder for Kuki, it was also full of danger and tragedy, and when Paolo is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ultimately the movie is alluring and respectful -- its sadness may be what saves it from becoming sensationalist or trite."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Africa never gets inside the heads of its characters. They may be based on actual people, but they're flat as cardboard."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This astonishingly awful film is a study in how a film can go terribly wrong from concept to execution."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Shockingly boring and stupifyingly umoving."
‑ Susannah Breslin, Film Threat
"The writing itself is a bit immature, What the film does best is depict the unpredictable rhythm and dangerous allure of Africa."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"It hasn't any rhythm at all, just a string of downbeats and a hackneyed old tune that equates mere survival with heroism."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A Meandering Mess."
‑ Robert Horton, Film.com
"There's some good work from Basinger and solid (but also bland) techs and not too much else."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"You should avoid this film and take a trip to the zoo instead."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Gallmann now is a respected conservationist in Kenya. Fine. Good for her. But in this case, not so good for us."
‑ Glenn Kenny, Premiere Magazine
"Doesn't have much plot."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Director Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire) visits adversities as if they were stops on a photo safari."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A production like this deserves better scriptwriters and a better leading player."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Ms. Basinger clearly relished the chance to throw herself into a character who endures many emotional extremities, though the joy and happiness she professes to find in Africa is not much in evidence."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"A beautiful travelogue and a squandered opportunity."
‑ Christabel Padmore, Apollo Guide
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