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Broken Bridges Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 28, 2009
Country star Toby Keith makes his acting debut in this rickety heartland drama, which was produced by Country Music Television and panders shamelessly to the traditional-values crowd.
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
April 1, 2007
The kind of trite material that seems better suited for the small screen than the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
An imperfect but emotionally true and often magnificently acted drama.
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
October 9, 2006
Soundtrack sales seem to be the main motivation behind this corny and cliched Southern melodrama that marks the film debut of country music star Toby Keith.
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Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com
September 29, 2006
It feels about as sincere and insightful as a Schlitz-induced rendition of Achy-Breaky Heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
September 23, 2006
Director Goldmann, who cut his teeth directing videos for Shania Twain and Faith Hill, never misses a chance to punch-up an emotional scene with a contrived, heart-melting music performance by one or more of his stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Preston Jones
Slant Magazine
September 22, 2006
Broken Bridges is wrapped tight in the cloak of good intentions, soft-pedaling tired tripe about redemption, reconciliation, and finding solace in the bottle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 22, 2006
It's obviously intended as a star vehicle, but Broken Bridges turns out to be a rattletrap jalopy for country music performer Toby Keith.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 8, 2006
A limp, timeworn tale of a drunken has-been country star (Keith) and a TV reporter he had and lost (Kelly Preston) who meet again after returning home because of a tragedy.
| Original Score: 2/5
September 8, 2006
The Country Music Channel's first foray into feature filmmaking is sickly sweet and thoroughly predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
September 8, 2006
When you can get just as good on the Hallmark network, why drive all the way to a theater?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
September 8, 2006
It would have served Keith better to pick a project that didn't accentuate a character who stumbles around an aimless plot with the same confusion of Bruce Banner coming down from one of his 'smash' moods.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 8, 2006
Broken Bridges is one of those movies where most scenes start with a character staring out over a pond, sitting on a porch, or looking at an old photograph, just waiting to reminisce with whoever sidles up next to them.
| Original Score: D
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
September 8, 2006
Strictly for fans of Keith, or drunk people with bemused contempt for same.
| Original Score: D
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Bobby Reed
Chicago Sun-Times
September 8, 2006
Any viewer who can't predict the outcome of this modest flick must not be familiar with a certain genre to which it is indebted: the made-for-TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Ferguson
Orlando Weekly
September 7, 2006
The most uncritical, red-state fans of the ridiculously imposing country star will get exactly the sort of thinly plotted, poorly dialogued, feel-good flick they expect, while anyone else will wonder why this film deserved a green light.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 7, 2006
Keith remains as rigid as a bookcase.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
September 7, 2006
At every turn, Broken Bridges is filled with clichéd predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 7, 2006
Broken Bridges takes too many shortcuts and hits too many obvious notes.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 7, 2006
Broken Bridges feels scrapped-together, like something that might have premiered on the old Turner South network.
| Original Score: C-
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