The Dreamers
The Dreamers (2004)

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… More

Rated: NC-17
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 13, 2004
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78%


Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though lushly atmospheric, The Dreamers doesn't engage or provoke as much as it should.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A real pleasure.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Ambitious and uneven, visceral and pungent.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Exhilarating.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

A film about youth and passion that seems old and passionless.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Despite the movie's well-earned NC-17, Bertolucci's own ménage à trois favors cinephilia over the related pleasures of politics and sex.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Swept away by the intensity of the characters' movie debates and sexual games, Bertolucci often recaptures the film-besotted spirit of the period.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Bertolucci tops himself.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is a love letter/tribute to the 1960's New wave cinema, the political movements and of the era in general (although… More
Alice Shen
It's artistic and political and psychological and sexual, but I can't say all those themes really jived. The filmic commentary helps to establish the… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Wild and ambitious, The Dreamers is a Bernardo Bertolucci masterpiece that candidly declares an erotic affection for cinema with references to Breathless, Band… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"I don't believe in God, but if I did, he would be a black, left-handed guitarist."</i> A young American studying in Paris in… More
Stefanie C
'Strange, beautiful.....and you'll never hear surf music again.' The soundtrack aptly begins and ends with the Hendrix tune, serving both as… More
Daniel J DeMersseman
Yeah, it's probably a bit pretentious and full of itself. But I enjoyed it.

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