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The Bridge Reviews

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Dennis Harvey
Variety
May 9, 2007
Tales are dramatic; the interviewees poignant, and the images -- often following bodies all the way down to the water -- are startling and discomfiting.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 8, 2007
The Bridge avoids reducing its subjects to types, and if the portraits painted are often recognizable -- the person who talks so much about suicide that those around him fail to take him seriously -- they are not repetitive.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Walters
Time Out
February 14, 2007
The whole thing invokes the bodies falling from that other architectural icon on 9/11 - but it's not clear what is achieved beyond disturbance.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 10, 2007
Aspires to humanize the people who kill themselves at the Golden Gate Bridge, but ends up mostly reducing its subjects to their flamboyant and very public deaths.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 9, 2007
By his use of interviews of friends and family of jumpers, Steel reminds us that no matter how alone some of these people felt, they weren't without people who loved them. It is a tender, powerful work.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 2006
It may be the first poetic snuff film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 27, 2006
You leave The Bridge with a new appreciation for your (relative) mental stability and a vow to make the most of your brief, ephemeral life.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 27, 2006
It's disturbing, needless to say, but also affecting in unexpected ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 27, 2006
The interviews with loved ones keep the tragedies in context and help us process what we see. The true substance of The Bridge lies in their words, rather than the shots of the people they've lost.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 27, 2006
The Bridge does not try to milk these tragedies, which are often shot from a great distance and tastefully edited.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 27, 2006
One of (author Neale Donald) Walsch's precepts is that you should never make a living doing something you hate. If I'd known that, I might not have felt obliged to sit through every excruciating minute of this sanctimonious infomercial.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jim Emerson
RogerEbert.com
October 27, 2006
The Bridge is brave and unflinching, unshakably haunting and deeply mysterious. I doubt I'll forget it until the day I die.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 26, 2006
It de-romanticizes the idea of suicide by italicizing it in all its bleak, brutal reality, while making palpable the tortured predicament of those left behind.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 26, 2006
Despite the proficient technique, after a while you may feel you're watching a particularly scenic snuff film.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2006
The Bridge is both a beautiful film and a disturbing one, and the connection between those two characteristics makes it the most disquieting of documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 26, 2006
This eerie and indelible documentary about suicide juxtaposes transcendent beauty with personal tragedy.
| Original Score: 5/5
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James C. Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 26, 2006
An attractive, well-intentioned film that is surprisingly dull and uninvolving.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 25, 2006
This is a shocking film, but in its own way a profoundly humane one.
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
October 24, 2006
In his ghoulish documentary, director Eric Steel examines the Golden Gate's dubious honor as the world's most popular suicide destination.