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What Dreams May Come

Drama . Fantasy . Romance

Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven.

Actors: Robin Williams , Cuba Gooding Jr. , Annabella Sciorra , Max von Sydow , Jessica Brooks Grant , Josh Paddock , Rosalind Chao , Lucinda Jenney , Maggie McCarthy , Carin Sprague
Directors: Vincent Ward
Release: 1998-10-02
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  • Roger Ebert

    So breathtaking, so beautiful, so bold in its imagination, that it's a surprise at the end to find it doesn't finally deliver.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    What Dreams May Come has the sensibilities of an art film placed into a big-budget feature with an A-list cast.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Despite its numerous missteps and miscalculations, What Dreams May Come is often a powerful, affecting piece of filmmaking.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Too bad. What dreams may come, indeed, when such enticing foreplay ends with a consummation devoutly to be missed.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    This is one of those failures that has so many near-great things that it almost gets by on guts.

    Empire Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    What Dreams May Come, based on a novel by Richard Matheson and directed by Vincent Ward, the New Zealand filmmaker noted for his skill at creating lavish cinematic dreamscapes, represents the uncomfortable collision of two ideas about filmmaking, one commercial, the other eccentrically, ambitiously dreamy.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    A heaping serving of metaphysical gobbledygook wrapped in a physically striking package.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    There are a number of surprises in the idiosyncratic film, and one of its pleasures is the oblique and unchronological way in which Ward peels away the layers of the story, flashing backward and forward in time and jumping between Earth and the Beyond, separating his scenes with blindingly blank, white-out screens.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    So diaphanous it practically dissolves as you watch it.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    This visually inventive fantasy paints the wide screen with colorful effects, but its psychological and spiritual ideas rarely rise above "new age" fuzziness.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Bob Graham

    Astonishing visualizations of the afterlife are coupled with a drawn-out allegory about communication between the living and the dead that becomes something of a trial to sit through.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Gore

    What's so disappointing is that the film had so much potential as a concept. The story slowly degenerates into a plodding, sappy bore.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Like most dreams revisited with eyes wide open, this one's content dissolves into a transparent puddle of inchoate thoughts and predictable iconography.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Watching it is like being in a room with a couple locked in a torrid embrace. It might be fun for them, but what's in it for everyone else?

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Weds an epic, sometimes visionary, depiction of the afterlife to a script and story with fewer psychological layers than the average Hallmark card.

    Slate Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    An effects vehicle disguised as a metaphysical meditation (or a metaphysical meditation disguised as an effects vehicle?), this strikingly unimaginative 1998 movie contains visuals that can barely assert their niftiness amid the vacuous themes.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    The insidious influence of too much therapy permeates this misguided and very long picture.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Dennis Lim

    A bottomless trough of mystic swill, is too confused to even fulfill the paradigm's most basic requirements.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jeff Giles

    A noble but supernaturally dull movie.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Laura Miller

    By the movie's numbingly predictable end, the notion of a visually unleashed cinema seems like a monstrous mistake -- we've handed over the atom bomb to the Teletubbies! Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    What a letdown that Vincent Ward, who gave us a fabulous gift with Map of the Hu-man Heart, has made this big old tub of schmaltz.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Directed by Vincent ("A Map of the Human Heart") Ward, who is either a genius or a crackpot, and derived from a long-ago novel by Richard Matheson, the film is overproduced and underpopulated, with either characters or ideas.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Bruce Diones

    Though director Vincent Ward used his special-effects budget well -- there are some stunning impressionistic moments -- the film is as gooey and sticky as an overcooked marshmallow.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    How can a film look so radiant and be so hollow?

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • David Armstrong

    A scary example of bad movies happening to good people.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
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