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What Dreams May Come

drama, romance

Dr. Chris Nielsen dies in an accident. Unable to leave his despondent wife to a miserable fate, Chris must transcend the boundaries of heaven and hell in a love story bigger than life itself

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Lush drama is worthwhile for thoughtful teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has brief strong language and disturbing imagery.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Chris' relationships with his children, and how he thinks about what he should have done differently after their death. Teens may also like to learn about the myth of Orpheus, to see the similarities and differences.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews


- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Rotten: This ambitious afterlife romance introduces provoking themes, but Williams eventually leads the way back to familiar hackneyed ground. The grandiose art direction provides moments of wonder, but the muddled script gives them no raison d'tre.

- Carlo Cavagna,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Has two things going for it--its spectacular, Academy Award-nominated special effects and the fact that it ends. Everything else about this ridiculous, three-hanky film sends it sharply into nightmare.

- Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Hadnt watched this in a while but i pulled out the DVD and last night I was just amazed again. Soulmates is an incredible concept to me right now and this movie just rocks on so many levels to me.

- jmanard52, Thursday, March 29, 2007

5 stars

This is the most depressing movie I have ever seen. After the first, like, fifteen minutes, I don't think I stopped crying until it was over. I'm still sad just thinking about it. I wish the ending had been slightly different though, it was kind of lame.

- cigaretteburns, Sunday, November 14, 2010

3 stars

a wierd and dark but touching movie. B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010