In Dreams
In Dreams (1999)

Neil Jordan's laughably silly horror-thriller stars Annette Bening as a clairvoyant children's book illustrator forced to take the laws of nature into her own hands to stop a serial killer who has taken possession of her dreams.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 15, 1999
DVD Release Date: June 1, 1999
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Some interesting visuals, but the movie is as confusing as a dream.

Emanuel Levy

Ambitious but ultimately incoherent and frustrating tale that may be too cerebral for the horror genre crowds and too literal-minded for the genre's more intelligent viewers; lush visual style compensates only up to a point.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Has a strange beauty, an intensely creepy atmosphere, and a grandly operatic feel.

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Rob Gonsalves

Jordan drops his common sense so consistently here that much of In Dreams is fascinating.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The silliest thriller in many a moon!

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Chris Sawin

In Dreams harshly blends dreams with reality in a way that's both distorting and gratifying, but witnessing Claire's downward spiral is unintentionally humorous while the film completely loses focus and slowly inflates into illogical territory.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Someday, Annette Bening is going to star in a movie that's as interesting and powerful as she can be as an actress.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A memorably creepy and lyrical shocker full of spine-chilling scenes and moments!

Michael Dequina

In dreams, this film would be a chilling exercise in psychological horror; in reality, it's a fascinating folly.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Pretty much falls into the bin with the many other serial killer movies made recently.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Frustrating initially as Bening's character virtually makes every dumb bad movie choice (i.e. "...don't go outside/upstairs/downstairs… More
Dean McKenna
Average thriller of a woman's dreams foretell the murder of her daughter, but the horror doesn't stop there - it seems the killer is actually stalking… More
Richard C
this movie sucks. D
Daniel Parsons
Wow, this is bad. Ok, I quite liked the production design, and especially liked the opening underwater sequence and the scene where Bening drives her car off… More
Lady D'arbanville
This really was a film of two parts for me, I felt through most of the film the frustration that the character played by Annette Benning was under and thought… More
Marcus Woolcott
This is one gorgeous film (the submerged town, the play, the cider factory) , and Jordan is evidently a brilliant director. Sadly the plot comes straight out of… More