Dreams of a Life
Dreams of a Life (2012)

Would anyone miss you? Nobody noticed when Joyce Vicent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 3, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Somewhere at the bottom of this story is an ache about the value of a life.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

For all its subtext about identity and London's social fabric, "Dreams of a Life" leaves too many blanks and is ultimately more frustrating than rewarding.

Tambay Obenson
Shadow and Act

Dreams Of A Life is an investigation into the life of one Joyce Vincent; but it's one of those cases that may never be completely solved, leaving the viewer in a positively comtemplative state.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

Its holes or omissions cannot diminish the gaping eloquence of the situation and the questions that arise.

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Charles Gant

A riveting tale of a onetime vivacious personality, described by those who knew her as "stunning," "lovely," and "very well liked," but who nevertheless died alone, friendless and seemingly missed by nobody.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

How awfully, strangely death can void a personal identity. The filling-in of the chalk outline remains sketchy, as Morley well knows. This docu-obituary's sharply aware of its own bit-ness, its partial-ness.

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Eric Kohn

Dreams of a Life unintentionally amounts to a mean-spirited snooze.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Director Morley has at least restored something of a soul to her subject.

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Staci Layne Wilson

I like how Morely juxtaposes urban life with inner life, and how the two don't always intersect.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Would anyone miss you?"</i> A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in… More
Daniel Parsons
Powerful, enigmatic and moving exploration of s life largely unknown but still celebrated, and mourned. It will make you want to reconnect with family and… More
Walter M.
"Dreams of a Life" is an artfully made and haunting documentary about Joyce Vincent whose body was found in her London bedsit(if Wikipedia is to be… More
Eric Broome
A terrible documentary, loaded with tacky recreations and lasting three times too long for the paltry amount of material available about the main issue (a woman… More