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Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film's events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience's sake, Karen (Meryl Streep) has married Baron Bor Blixen-Flecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). In 1914, the Baron moves himself and his wife to a plantation in Nairobi, then leaves Karen to her own devices as he returns to his womanizing and drinking. Soon, Karen has fallen in love with charming white hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford), who prefers a no-strings relationship. A woman who… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

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"The relationship of Karen and Denys is a prickly and, despite the era in which it is set, curiously modern one. It's also at the heart of this understated movie."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Out of Africa is, at last, the free-spirited, fullhearted gesture that everyone has been waiting for the movies to make all decade long. It reclaims the emotional territory that is rightfully theirs."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Luedtke and Pollack bought these high-priced literary sources only to chuck them for a conventional, largely fictionalized movie romance."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"Out of Africa has the sheen of artsiness and the gloss of two big-name actors. Unfortunately, that`s not quite enough in the absence of a story with vigor and passion."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Fantastic acting or not... seven Oscars or not... I was bored. And I can't get past that."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Streep may convince us utterly that she is in love with Africa, but our views of it are a little too stately to really feel the place."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"Maybe the problem of the pacing is simply the nature of the beast these days with expensive period pieces. Once the difficult details are all in place, it may be too much to expect a director to resist milking every scene for more than it's worth."
‑ Joe Bigelow, Variety
"What the movie loses in emotional realism, it gains in sheer epic audacity."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"Despite its technical assurance and some strong performances, this is a film that favours spectacular landscapes over emotional depth."
‑ , Total Film
"Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, this earned seven, including Best Picture and Best Director ... but no Best Actress, alas."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"My basic problem with this otherwise sumptuous and well-acted film is that I never was able to accept Redford in character."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Sydney Pollack applies craftsmanship and restraint to a classic plot curve of longing, fulfillment, and loss, and although the denouement is a bit overextended, he never yields to facile, insistent sentimentality -- his effects are honestly won."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Out of Africa is a splendid example of that persistent genre, the coffeetable movie. It's big, beautiful, and imposing. But there isn't much to it, and pretty pictures -- replacing ideas, not supporting them -- are its only real attraction."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Not even the meticulous Meryl can breathe life into a movie that never really gets started, and takes almost an hour to end."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Dull biopic of the strong-willed Danish writer Isak Dinesen."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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