The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2005)
Critic Consensus: 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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as Brother Juniper
as Viceroy of Peru
as The Marquesa
as The Abbess
as Archbishop of Peru
as Dona Clara
as Uncle Pio
as Dona Clara's Husband
as Camila Villegas
as Capt. Alvarado
as His Excellency's Fop
as The King of Spain
Critic Reviews for The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Why do good actors pop up in bad movies? More perplexingly, why do so many good actors end up in the same bad movie?
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.
Best characterized as an honourable folly.
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.
An honorable but dull attempt to translate a neglected literary source to the screen.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Bridge of San Luis Rey
A little long and a little boreing but good over all.
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.
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