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The Dreamers

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United Kingdom, France, Italy · 2003
Rated NC-17 · 1h 55m
Director Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring Michael Pitt, Eva Green, Louis Garrel, Anna Chancellor
Genre Drama, Romance

Against the background of the '68 Paris student riots, this seductive film follows Matthew, a curious young American who is studying in Paris, and his eye-opening, sexual and political relationship with adventurous twins Isabella and Theo. In this crazy world of sex, cinema, and politics, Matthew looks for answers.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

The film's real failure is that neither the story nor the characters capture the zeitgeist that Bertolucci theoretically set out to celebrate.


The New Yorker by David Denby

Bertolucci is trying hard to shock us with this stuff, but, for all the perversities and the abundant nudity, the movie has an air of inconsequence about it. [9 February 2004, p. 74]


Variety by David Rooney

The whole spirit of rebellion, passion and protest that should be a driving force for the characters plays more like a cultivated affectation.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

The Dreamers is bad, but unlike the similarly camped-up "Little Buddha" or "Stealing Beauty," it's not exactly boring.


The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

The Dreamers is a universal story, one that captures the thrill of discovering culture, sex, and politics, and the painful twinge of learning that those worlds aren't enough.


New York Magazine (Vulture) by Peter Rainer

He doesn’t entirely succeed, but the attempt has poignancy: As uneven as much of his recent work has been, Bertolucci's still in love with the movies, and his ardor--if not always the ends he puts it to--is exhilarating.


Time by Richard Schickel

Dispassionate, curiously lifeless, lacking the energy of either youthful commitment or a deeply engaged re-examination of the past.

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