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Mr. & Mrs. Bridge Reviews

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Super Reviewer
September 24, 2009
The Newmans acquit themselves well here especially Joanne Woodward but it all moves just a little too slow and several of the characters in particular their son are impossible to warm to.
Super Reviewer
January 7, 2014
Here is the Hollywood couple that defy typical Hollywood relationships - Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. It is a slowly evolving story but the performances of the two leads keep it interesting.
Super Reviewer
July 3, 2008
Good performances, but very slow.
½ April 15, 2007
This movie will leave you on the edge of your seat. Not since J.R. Ewing and Dallas have there been people with more money intent on taking others money. They become hated in the process. Suspense, you just KNOW someone is going to brutally murder them. Then at the end of the movie, nothing happens and you feel like you've been used.
May 31, 2015
James Ivory's film appeared to be bit too realistic for the audience that it was initially marketed to.

It is not a typical James Ivory film.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward give some of their finest work here. In many ways the film is about time as much as it is about marriage.

We follow a middle class marriage over a span of time in which each must learn how to adapt to and with the changes in culture and society. The biggest challenge is regarding their children. As time moves forward Mr. & Mrs. Bridge move forward with it. But it is never easy for either of them.

For whatever mysterious reason they love each other deeply. I use the term "mysterious" because over the course of time we glimpse into their lives, their connection to each other feels a bit shaky. I suspect the reason it feels somewhat "mysterious" is in the way film approaches it subject. There is a distance between Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, but it is familiar. And as their understanding of the world changes around them constantly, there is one constant that each of them can count on: each other. Yet it remains sadly detached -- even more sad, it feels familiar.

It remains a vibrant, beautiful, realistic and sad study of a marriage.
September 15, 2008
Its stars, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, are on screen virtually all of the time, and they're always worth watching. But the film puts such a premium on tastefulness that it never threatens to become exciting or even interesting.
January 21, 2011
One of the most overlooked films of the 90's from Ivory-Merchant. Wonderful performances throughout.
August 8, 2005
This is the second Merchant Ivory flm that I've seen (the first was the stunning and moving [i]Maurice[/i]) and the producer director team made up of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory let me down. [i]Mr. and Mrs. Bridge[/i], while having the same wonderfully detailed period setting that Merchant Ivory excels in, lacks any sort of plot to carry one through one scene after the other depicting the WWII era life of a Kansas city couple played by real life couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Basically shit happens and they live through it. Life normally doesn't have a plot: and true to that, the Bridges just live. Movies don't need plots to succeed but the genre settings they depict need to have more drama than they do here. In [i]Maurice[/i], the main character deals with his himosexuality over a span of years. From beginning to end more has occured than just the passage of time. The Bridges are not so dynamic and the story less focused. I won't go into what happens because the slightest detail in this movie of slightest details could spoil it.
½ August 7, 2004
Talky with a premise that isn't very interesting.

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