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The Bridges of Madison County Reviews

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The strength of Eastwood's Bridges is in its patience, and how it lets the love story develop from start to finish, even though the audience knows from the beginning the broad strokes of what's going to happen.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 4/5

May 5, 2014
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 31, 2013
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

July 31, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Those who found Waller's book an outrageously bad read may be gratefully surprised to find less mush in the movie.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 31, 2013
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

Beautifully photographed and directed with an intimate maturity, the film reveals its characters in an unhurried way, thus making the audience accomplices in the unfolding liaison.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2013
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

The movie, thank goodness, is better than the book. What's more surprising is that The Bridges of Madison County is an accomplished piece of moviemaking.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

July 31, 2013
Chauncey Mabe
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The emotions evoked by this Bridges are in a minor key compared to the book, but they are honestly earned.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 31, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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The two leads' sly comic rhythm is miles removed from the book's failing solemnity.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 31, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

July 31, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Still one of Hollywood's most assured directors, Clint Eastwood transcends the story's cliches with a classically restrained yet steadily imaginative filmmaking style.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 3/4

July 31, 2013
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Streep and Eastwood's chemistry makes the film.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2013
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Bridges is an old-fashioned "women's film" that pits the heroine's romantic urges against her matriarchal duties. In fact, the film is at its dramatic best when Francesca is finally obliged, like Sophie, to make her choice.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 31, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Streep makes her character known in no time flat. Intelligence, humor, blocked ambition, self-irony -- they're all contained in Francesca's quick response when Robert asks if she has any plans for the afternoon.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 7, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, as Waller's tenderly plaintive heartland lovers, are so visually and spiritually right they seem to have walked right off the page.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 7, 2011
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film is good enough; Streep is the X-factor that makes it excellent.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

August 16, 2011
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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What follows is, essentially, gothic-romantic bunk. But there's a nicely stylized, below-the-surface courtship between the performers. They make you forget that, at their very core, they are hackneyed creations.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 6, 2010
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Madison County is Eastwood's gift to women: to Francesca, to all the girls he's loved before -- and to Streep, who alchemizes literary mawkishness into intelligent movie passion.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 27, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Little happens here apart from a long, slow buildup to sentimentalized coitus, but there's no denying the sheer screen presence of these two 500-lb. gorillas of pop culture.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

October 27, 2008
Richard Luck
Film4

An unlikely choice as director and producer, it's thanks to Eastwood's relatively thin sentimental streak that the film doesn't fall headlong into a lagoon of schmaltz.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2008
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