The Bridges of Madison County (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)



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

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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 are out of town. Thus begins their four-day affair, a liaison that fundamentally changes them both. Later Francesca chronicles the affair in a diary which her flabbergasted grown children read; never would they have expected their mother to be capable of the passion she experienced with Kincaid. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Richard LaGravenese, Richard La Gravenese
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 1997
Warner Bros.


Clint Eastwood
as Robert Kincaid
Meryl Streep
as Francesca Johnson
Annie Corley
as Carolyn
Jim Haynie
as Richard
Christopher Kroon
as Young Michael
Michelle Benes
as Lucy Redfield
Alison Wiegert
as Child No. 1
Brandon Bobst
as Child No. 2
Tania Mishler
as Waitress
Billie McNabb
as Waitress
Art Breese
as Cashier
Lana Schwab
as Saleswoman
Larry Loury
as UPS Driver
James Rivers
as James Rivers Band Me...
Mark A. Brooks
as James Rivers Band Me...
Peter Cho
as James Rivers Band Me...
Eddie Dejean Sr.
as James Rivers Band Me...
Jason C. Brewer
as James Rivers Band Me...
Kyle Eastwood
as James Rivers Band Me...
George Orrison
as Cafe Patron
Ken Billeter
as Cafe Patron
Judy Trask
as Cafe Patron
David Trask
as Cafe Patron
Edna Dolson
as Cafe Patron
Dennis McCool
as Cafe Patron
Michael C. Pommier
as Cafe Patron
Jana Corkrean
as Cafe Patron
M. Jane Seymour
as Cafe Patron
Karla Jo Soper
as Cafe Patron
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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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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

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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

The Bridges of Madison County Quotes

Robert Kincaid: I don't want to need you.
Francesca Johnson: Why?
Francesca Johnson: 'Cause I can't have you!
– Submitted by Hong Anh N (3 years ago)
Francesca Johnson: I was wrong, Robert. I was wrong, but I can't go. Let me tell you again why I can't go. Tell me again why I should go.
– Submitted by Hong Anh N (3 years ago)
Robert Kincaid: Hey Francesca! You're anything but simple.
– Submitted by Patricia G (4 years ago)
Francesca Johnson: We are the choices that we have made, Robert.
– Submitted by Karina V (4 years ago)

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