The Bridge Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009

None of the insights justifies the queasiness of the project

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 24, 2009

You will never look fondly at the Golden Gate Bridge again after seeing this disturbing documentary by a filmmaker ignorant of the volatile narrative water that he dishonors.

Full Review | Original Score: D
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
July 14, 2007

Little more than a snuff film clumsily dressed up as an art house flick.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dennis Harvey
Variety
Top Critic
May 9, 2007

Tales are dramatic; the interviewees poignant, and the images -- often following bodies all the way down to the water -- are startling and discomfiting.

Kam Williams
EURWeb
May 4, 2007

Two dozen souls, linked by suicide as a seductive, and very visible alternative to unrelenting torment and suffering.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic
March 8, 2007

The Bridge avoids reducing its subjects to types, and if the portraits painted are often recognizable -- the person who talks so much about suicide that those around him fail to take him seriously -- they are not repetitive.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
February 19, 2007

There are harrowing moments: who could not be moved by a parent talking about a son's suicide? But you do not leave the cinema with a better understanding of suicide.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
February 16, 2007

While these interviews are affecting, and the movie talks about suicide in a refreshingly straightforward manner, it's the images of these actual deaths that induce horrified gasps.

Full Review | Original Score: B

Times [UK]
February 16, 2007

It's gripping viewing but you feel like a voyeur of somebody else's pain. After a while you may feel that you're watching a particularly scenic snuff film.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stuart McGurk
thelondonpaper
February 16, 2007

This will get flack for being a "snuff" film - but the real tragedy is how suicide is often hidden away. This film brings it out in the open.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
February 16, 2007

This could be the most morally loathsome film ever made.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sam Jordison
Film4
February 16, 2007

The filmmakers' methods are questionable, but the power of the resulting documentary and the importance of the issues it raises are not.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Mattin
BBC.com
February 16, 2007

despite the shocking, up-close look, we're no closer to a real understanding of the terrible urge to end it all.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 15, 2007

This fascinating, sensitive documentary is an extraordinary film that is both thought-provoking and deeply moving, although it contains images that some viewers may find upsetting.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Walters
Time Out
Top Critic
February 14, 2007

The whole thing invokes the bodies falling from that other architectural icon on 9/11 - but it's not clear what is achieved beyond disturbance.

Tom Dawson
Total Film
February 14, 2007

Recommended, if sobering viewing.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
February 14, 2007

If harrowing footage of deeply disturbed people contemplating a hideous suicide cross-cut with interviews with grieving loved ones who often blame themselves for failing to prevent the tragedy strike you as art - help yourself.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
Top Critic
February 10, 2007

Aspires to humanize the people who kill themselves at the Golden Gate Bridge, but ends up mostly reducing its subjects to their flamboyant and very public deaths.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
February 10, 2007

The results are striking: an emotional and aesthetic whirlpool of horror, fascination, beauty, and resignation that would probably drown lesser movies but that gives The Bridge an eerie power.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
February 9, 2007

By his use of interviews of friends and family of jumpers, Steel reminds us that no matter how alone some of these people felt, they weren't without people who loved them. It is a tender, powerful work.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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