The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Bridge of San Luis Rey Reviews

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Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a beautiful movie. The film's shooting locations are exquisite. The sets are stunning. The costumes are gorgeous. The actors are superlative. Too bad the movie sucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Why do good actors pop up in bad movies? More perplexingly, why do so many good actors end up in the same bad movie?
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 14, 2005
How to turn an embarrassment of riches into an embarrassment, period.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
November 27, 2005
leaves audience with the same unanswered question as the one asked by its narrator
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
October 12, 2005
the worst film of the year... a fraud of the highest order
| Original Score: 1/5
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
August 3, 2005
A wobbly Bridge. Impressive cast can't save terrible script.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 29, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 29, 2005
It is an intense philosophical undertaking that examines questions of faith, fate and chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 29, 2005
Best characterized as an honourable folly.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 15, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
June 14, 2005
An honorable but dull attempt to translate a neglected literary source to the screen.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 13, 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.
| Original Score: 1/5
June 10, 2005
Though handsomely mounted, this parable of intersecting destinies and implacable tragedy is as lifeless as a wax tableau.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 10, 2005
The Bridge of San Luis Rey raises an important philosophical question: Is it better to fall to one's death from a rickety rope bridge overlooking a deep gorge or watch this miserable movie about several people sharing that awful fate?
| Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 10, 2005
An endless powdered-wigs-and-feathered-pen slog.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 10, 2005
So dully written and executed that you'll be wishing the production had collapsed instead of the swaying bridge of San Luis Rey.
| Original Score: 1/4
June 10, 2005
The Viceroy states that they are 'surrounded by an ocean of boredom' - then you realize you're swimming in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 9, 2005
Even though director-adaptor Mary McGuckian expended much creative energy trying to pump original spirit into the characters, she never brings any of them to life.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 9, 2005
None of the performances work.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 9, 2005
Unlike the bridge, the movie unravels at a very slow pace.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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