The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

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Critic Consensus: Sentimental, slow, schmaltzy, and very satisfying, The Bridges of Madison County finds Clint Eastwood adapting a bestseller with heft, wit, and grace.


Movie Info

The brief, illicit love affair between an Iowa housewife and a post-middle-age free-lance photographer is chronicled in this powerful romance based on the best-selling novella by Robert James Waller. The story begins as globetrotting National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid journeys to Madison County in 1965 to film its lovely covered bridges. Upon his arrival, he stops by an old farmhouse to ask directions. There he encounters housewife, Francesca Johnson, whose spouse and two children … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Richard LaGravenese, Richard La Gravenese
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 1997
Runtime:
Warner Bros.

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as Robert Kincaid

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as Richard

as Madge

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Critic Reviews for The Bridges of Madison County

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (19)

With Eastwood as Kincaid and Meryl Streep as Francesca, this carefully observant love story turns Waller's pop-lit passion into screen art.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Bridges is an admirable achievement, one that probably does more to reposition its maker as someone who can carry a movie without carrying a gun than as the director/star of a Love Story for the Loving Care set.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
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The result, if rather thin and certainly far from a masterpiece, is nevertheless quite lovely. This affecting little film is easily one of Eastwood's best efforts as a director.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
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The two leads' sly comic rhythm is miles removed from the book's failing solemnity.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Eastwood's Bridges has the energy and spontaneity of a picture that was shot quickly. And that serves the material well, because it removes the solemnity that could stiffle a modern classic.

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Chicago Tribune
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Despite all his craft and sincerity, [Eastwood] and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese can't quite turn Robert James Waller's cardboard best-seller into flesh and bone.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for The Bridges of Madison County

A perfectly executed film.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Same as the book, boring and cliche

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Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

I was reluctant to take a chance on this one because of the pretense, but the story and Miss Streep drew me in. Now that I've seen it - no regrets.

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Randy Tippy

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