1984, Drama, 2h 4m21 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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The River is nothing more than a conventional, albeit pretty, melodrama.April 17, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Sissy Spacek and Mel Gibson suffer admirably as the farm couple, but their roles have no real dimension.
[The River] has a meticulously detailed physical production and, from time to time, is acted with passion by its cast. Yet its ideas are so profoundly muddled that the film must run mainly on sentimentality.
[The River has] a rousing conclusion, and while the story may be melodramatic, the picture could hardly be more realistic.
The Hallmark glow is appropriate, for this River is no Depression documentary; it is a fantasy of domestic integrity, where the spirit of Walker Evans surrenders to the sentiment of Walt Disney.
Are there more farmer movies now than farmers?
Audience Reviews for The River
Feb 26, 2014Not one of Sissy's best moments. I guess she had to put up with being married to Mel Gibson and see her farm wash away. It would leave a lasting mark on anyone. I feel no more sympathy for the American farmer after viewing this one.John B Super Reviewer
Dec 30, 2009A movie that shows you not to judge Sissy Spacek by her performance in Carrie.Cassie H Super Reviewer
Sep 26, 2007Sissy is good as always, Mel over earnest.jay n Super Reviewer
Apr 14, 2007Just a good emotionally-charged film celebrates the triumph of a young rural couple as they face nature's greatest ravages, the threat of poverty and a wrenching separation.Dean M Super Reviewer
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