The Bridge of San Luis Rey

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Despite an all-star cast and some impressive visuals, The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a lifeless, slow-going adaptation of Thornton Wilder's classic novel.

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During the Spanish Inquisition, Franciscan monk Brother Juniper (Gabriel Byrne) witnesses the collapse of a bridge in Lima, Peru, and wonders why God has chosen to let five people perish. At a tribunal led by the imperious archbishop of Peru (Robert De Niro), the monk gives evidence about the tragedy's victims, including a marquesa (Kathy Bates) rejected by her daughter (Émilie Dequenne) and the beautiful mistress (Pilar López de Ayala) of a local nobleman (F. Murray Abraham).

Cast & Crew

Robert De Niro
The Archbishop
F. Murray Abraham
Virrey de Perú
Kathy Bates
The Marquesa
Gabriel Byrne
Brother Juniper
Émilie Dequenne
Dequenne
Adriana Domínguez
Pepita
Pilar López de Ayala
Camila Villegas
John Lynch
Capitán Alvarado
Thornton Wilder
Writer (Novel)
Jeff Abberley
Executive Producer
Craig Darian
Executive Producer
Victor Hadida
Executive Producer
Peter James
Executive Producer
Howard G. Kazanjian
Executive Producer
James Simpson
Executive Producer
Lalo Schifrin
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Critic Reviews for The Bridge of San Luis Rey

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (23)

  • Why do good actors pop up in bad movies? More perplexingly, why do so many good actors end up in the same bad movie?

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • As a director, McGuckian is overwhelmed by the immensity of her cast, and her misguided attempt to make a Hollywood epic on a European production budget.

    July 29, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Best characterized as an honourable folly.

    July 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Audiences may wonder why a picture with Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates and Harvey Keitel would be so bereft of hype. After you've endured the film, all 120 airless minutes, you'll understand the rationale behind the quiet release.

    June 15, 2005 | Rating: 1/4
  • An honorable but dull attempt to translate a neglected literary source to the screen.

    June 14, 2005
  • How bad could a movie be that features talent as serious as Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates, Gabriel Byrne, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham and Geraldine Chaplin? That bad, alas.

    June 13, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for The Bridge of San Luis Rey

  • Mar 26, 2007
    A little long and a little boreing but good over all.
    FanGirl B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2006
    Eh, I wasn't really expecting anything as I watched this, and I'm glad I didn't. It was alright, but I was glad that De Niro and Keitel covered their accents (unlike what the synopsis says) so at least you could focus what was going on and not have a blaring reminder of who they really are. None of the characters really caused me to feel for them, and in fact it was the opposite. You actually end up disliking pretty much all of them, so when they die you don't really care. It had some pretty witty and heartfelt moments, but they weren't enough to save this boring movie. De Niro as the Archbishop was by far the most compelling performance, with an incensed religous yet arrogant ferver that was entertaining to watch. But other than that the other actors were fairly drab. Not the worst movie out there, but definitely not one of the best. It's sad to say but almost anything would be better to watch than this.
    Ashton R Super Reviewer

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