I Dreamed of Africa
I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

"I Dreamed of Africa" is inspired by the true story of the indomitable Kuki Gallmann, a beautiful, inquisitive woman who had the courage to escape from her comfortable yet monotonous life in Italy to start anew in the wilds of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 5, 2000
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
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Critic Score: 10% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The straightforward retelling of Kuki Gallman's life in Africa neither moves or entertains the viewer.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

I Dreamed of Africa boasts the majestic landscapes and wildlife that explain why anyone would be spellbound by the place. But the story is fitfully episodic and the jerky editing doesn't help a bit.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

This film, based on a true story, transcends its handsomeness to present a subtle portrait of a woman's growing consciousness.

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Paula Farmer
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

I Dreamed of Africa fails on so many levels that it's hard to even give it credit for the one area in which it excels.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Basinger handles her role capably, but is absurdly miscast as an Italian, and French actor Perez fails to create credible chemistry with his co-star.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

In the opening segment of I Dreamed Of Africa, Kim Basinger breaks her leg. The rest of the film is so dull, you can almost hear the bone heal.

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Mike Goodridge
Screen International

It's very similar in story and theme to Out Of Africa but lacks that film's grandeur and real sense of what makes the heroine love the country.

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Paul West
Seattle Times

It's neither epic enough to fulfill a grand scope, nor intimate enough to be an overpowering emotional experience.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Basinger's performance is exceptional. She brings a raw, unselfconscious drive to the role that holds the film together, even while Hudson keeps it hopscotching across time.

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Lorien Haynes
Radio Times

Given contemporary African issues, the film doesn't ring true or do anything beyond skate over a familiar and all-too melodramatic surface.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
This true drama based on the memoirs of Kuki Gallmann was so emotionally and sadly when she got homestead on a farm in Africa with her new husband and young… More
Leo L
A great movie!
Jarrin Rozenblad
I don't think this was the best movie. It lacked in the story department as well as acting. Although it did have great landscapes, it still fails to… More
Sunil Jawahir
Kim Basinger was excellent in this. The whole film is wonderfully exotic and beautifully shot.