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Veteran Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci directs the erotic drama The Dreamers, adapted from the novel The Holy Innocents: A Romance by Gilbert Adair. American student Matthew (Michael Pitt) is studying in Paris during the politically turbulent late '60s. The story begins in 1968 with the firing of Henri Langlois, the founder of the French Cinémathèque. At a protest demonstration, Matthew meets cinema-obsessed Isabelle (Eva Green) and her twin brother, Theo (Louis Garrel). When their Bohemian parents (Robin Renucci and Anna Chancellor) leave for the summer, the twins invite Matthew to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A real pleasure."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Ambitious and uneven, visceral and pungent."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Legendary director Bernardo Bertolucci ("1900") crafts a return to social revolt in the form of sexual pursuits by a trio of late '60s teenaged students in this engaging yet insufficient movie."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It's an amusing, sophisticated movie, true to its times, cheerfully erotic, and played with unselfconscious conviction by its three young actors."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The venue for Pitt's marvelous coming-out performance."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A film about youth and passion that seems old and passionless."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Despite the movie's well-earned NC-17, Bertolucci's own ménage à trois favors cinephilia over the related pleasures of politics and sex."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"The film is at once a celebration of the sexual revolution and a celebration of cinema as the secular equivalent of religion, at a time when movies really mattered."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...we feel stranded on a soundstage, mummy-wrapped in film studies and bereft of any genuine emotion."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Swept away by the intensity of the characters' movie debates and sexual games, Bertolucci often recaptures the film-besotted spirit of the period."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Its nostalgia and narcissism are ultimately two versions of the same thing, and neither can reopen cross-cultural channels. Instead they keep this story stuck in the past, frozen and intact and irrelevant."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Bertolucci tops himself."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Fans of film and gorgeous naked people of either sex will find much here to interest them. But it also has moments that make you want to throw stones."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"It's a hot sequence that nudges the boundary of taste, but still manages to come off more as art than porn."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
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