The Bridge of San Luis Rey Reviews

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Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Why do good actors pop up in bad movies? More perplexingly, why do so many good actors end up in the same bad movie?
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 29, 2005
As a director, McGuckian is overwhelmed by the immensity of her cast, and her misguided attempt to make a Hollywood epic on a European production budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 29, 2005
Best characterized as an honourable folly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 15, 2005
Audiences may wonder why a picture with Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates and Harvey Keitel would be so bereft of hype. After you've endured the film, all 120 airless minutes, you'll understand the rationale behind the quiet release.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
June 14, 2005
An honorable but dull attempt to translate a neglected literary source to the screen.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 13, 2005
How bad could a movie be that features talent as serious as Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates, Gabriel Byrne, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham and Geraldine Chaplin? That bad, alas.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 10, 2005
The Bridge of San Luis Rey raises an important philosophical question: Is it better to fall to one's death from a rickety rope bridge overlooking a deep gorge or watch this miserable movie about several people sharing that awful fate?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 10, 2005
An endless powdered-wigs-and-feathered-pen slog.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 10, 2005
So dully written and executed that you'll be wishing the production had collapsed instead of the swaying bridge of San Luis Rey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 9, 2005
Even though director-adaptor Mary McGuckian expended much creative energy trying to pump original spirit into the characters, she never brings any of them to life.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 9, 2005
Unlike the bridge, the movie unravels at a very slow pace.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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June 9, 2005
The stellar cast can do little to paper over the cracks in an awkward, unevenly-paced script that is composed of a series of sometimes-attractive scenes with little emotional undertow.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 9, 2005
Visually sumptuous but dramatically muddled and confusing, The Bridge of San Luis Rey ultimately comes across as a soporific costume drama featuring a gallery of miscast stars.