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The Bridge of San Luis Rey Reviews

Time Out
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November 17, 2011
Stephen Garrett
Time Out
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Why do good actors pop up in bad movies? More perplexingly, why do so many good actors end up in the same bad movie?

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 29, 2005
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Best characterized as an honourable folly.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

June 15, 2005
Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
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An honorable but dull attempt to translate a neglected literary source to the screen.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 14, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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

June 13, 2005
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

June 10, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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An endless powdered-wigs-and-feathered-pen slog.

| Original Score: 0/4

June 10, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

June 10, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 9, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Unlike the bridge, the movie unravels at a very slow pace.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

June 9, 2005
Jonathan Holland
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 9, 2005
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

June 9, 2005
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