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Broken Bridges (2006)

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5

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 20

A cliched attempt at a feel-good drama, Broken Bridges is schmaltzy, predictable, and stiffly acted.

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 8

A cliched attempt at a feel-good drama, Broken Bridges is schmaltzy, predictable, and stiffly acted.

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When a fading country music superstar Bo Price (Toby Keith) returns to his hometown for the funeral of his younger brother, a reunion with his high-school sweetheart drags the pain of the past into the present day and soon promises to change his life forever. Bo and Angela (Kelly Preston) have both lost the ones they love in a tragic accident, and now the time has come to say goodbye. For every end there is a new beginning though, and when Bo reunites with Angela and meets the daughter he has

PG-13,

Drama

Jan 9, 2007

$0.2M

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (20) | DVD (9)

Country star Toby Keith makes his acting debut in this rickety heartland drama, which was produced by Country Music Television and panders shamelessly to the traditional-values crowd.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It's obviously intended as a star vehicle, but Broken Bridges turns out to be a rattletrap jalopy for country music performer Toby Keith.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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A limp, timeworn tale of a drunken has-been country star (Keith) and a TV reporter he had and lost (Kelly Preston) who meet again after returning home because of a tragedy.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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When you can get just as good on the Hallmark network, why drive all the way to a theater?

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Any viewer who can't predict the outcome of this modest flick must not be familiar with a certain genre to which it is indebted: the made-for-TV movie.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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At every turn, Broken Bridges is filled with clichéd predictability.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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The kind of trite material that seems better suited for the small screen than the big screen.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com
FulvueDrive-in.com

An imperfect but emotionally true and often magnificently acted drama.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Soundtrack sales seem to be the main motivation behind this corny and cliched Southern melodrama that marks the film debut of country music star Toby Keith.

October 9, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

It feels about as sincere and insightful as a Schlitz-induced rendition of Achy-Breaky Heart.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Director Goldmann, who cut his teeth directing videos for Shania Twain and Faith Hill, never misses a chance to punch-up an emotional scene with a contrived, heart-melting music performance by one or more of his stars.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Broken Bridges is wrapped tight in the cloak of good intentions, soft-pedaling tired tripe about redemption, reconciliation, and finding solace in the bottle.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The Country Music Channel's first foray into feature filmmaking is sickly sweet and thoroughly predictable.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It would have served Keith better to pick a project that didn't accentuate a character who stumbles around an aimless plot with the same confusion of Bruce Banner coming down from one of his 'smash' moods.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Broken Bridges is one of those movies where most scenes start with a character staring out over a pond, sitting on a porch, or looking at an old photograph, just waiting to reminisce with whoever sidles up next to them.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Strictly for fans of Keith, or drunk people with bemused contempt for same.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

The most uncritical, red-state fans of the ridiculously imposing country star will get exactly the sort of thinly plotted, poorly dialogued, feel-good flick they expect, while anyone else will wonder why this film deserved a green light.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Keith remains as rigid as a bookcase.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Broken Bridges

"Keith plays a country singer who has fallen from the spotlight" wheee doggie! he really had to get in character for this didnt he!
July 8, 2009
LoughnerWasLucid

Super Reviewer

We've all seen these stories before - drunk performer turns his life around, reunites with his estranged girlfriend and daughter and everyone lives happily everafter.
November 7, 2008
Redlats

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    1. Angela Denton: I came out here to lay down the ground rules. One, don't speak to my parents. Two, don't speak to Dixie. And three, don't speak to me.
    2. Bo Price: Can I pass notes?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Dixie: It's the Christian thing to do.
    2. Angela Denton: So were the Crusades!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
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