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The Bridge of San Luis Rey Reviews

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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
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
June 9, 2005
Unlike the bridge, the movie unravels at a very slow pace.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 10, 2005
An endless powdered-wigs-and-feathered-pen slog.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
October 12, 2005
the worst film of the year... a fraud of the highest order
| Original Score: 1/5
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
November 27, 2005
leaves audience with the same unanswered question as the one asked by its narrator
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
June 9, 2005
Whatever the intentions of novelist and filmmaker, having the audience root for the bridge probably wasn't one of them.
June 9, 2005
The stellar cast can do little to paper over the cracks in an awkward, unevenly-paced script that is composed of a series of sometimes-attractive scenes with little emotional undertow.
August 3, 2005
A wobbly Bridge. Impressive cast can't save terrible script.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 14, 2005
An honorable but dull attempt to translate a neglected literary source to the screen.
June 8, 2005
Pedestrian...a high-minded snoozer studded with stars who all seem almost perversely miscast and directed in a grimly deliberate style designed to italicize every point.
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 9, 2005
Visually sumptuous but dramatically muddled and confusing, The Bridge of San Luis Rey ultimately comes across as a soporific costume drama featuring a gallery of miscast stars.
June 9, 2005
None of the performances work.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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?
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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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