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  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Carol Morley's sadly fascinating Dreams of a Life, which plays like a more artful cousin to TV's true-crime documentaries, slowly assembles a portrait of Vincent, unfolding in a way that should earn fans in its niche theatrical run. show more

  • 63
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    Dreams of a Life succeeds in making its point about the unkowability of the people in our lives, but there isn't quite enough substance here to fully sustain the film. show more

  • 80
    Patrick Peters Empire

    This barely conceivable story of neglect and loneliness is given heartbreaking new life by Morley, with Zawe Ashton standing in effectively for the tragic young singer. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

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

  • 80
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    Dreams of a Life is a painful film, a Christmas film with no feelgood message, but one which I think would in fact have interested Charles Dickens. Watching it is an almost claustrophobic experience, but a very powerful and moving one. show more

  • 80
    Neil Smith Total Film

    A bleak yet strangely heartening film. show more

  • 42
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

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

  • 90

    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. show more

  • 50
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    Left with barely any there there, Morley compensates with long reenactments starring look-alike Zawe Ashton that are never quite convincing but instead suck more air out of the haunting vacuum left behind in Vincent's wake. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Holden The 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. show more

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