The Dreamers
The Dreamers (2004)

The tumultuous political landscape of Paris in 1968 serves as the backdrop for a tale about three young cineastes who are drawn together through their passion for film. Matthew, an American exchange student, pursuing his education abroad in… More

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

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
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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
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'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.
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
Conner Rainwater
The concept is really unique and the acting was really great, especially for the subject matter and content. It has a lot of interesting questions about what is… More