The Bridge

Critics Consensus

Tactlessly morbid or remarkably sensitive? Deeply disturbing or viscerally fascinating? Critics are divided on Eric Steele's unique documentary on the Golden Gate Bridge, wonder of the modern world and notorious suicide destination.

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The Golden Gate Bridge Is An Iconic Structure; A Symbol Of San Francisco, The West, Freedom - And Something More, Something Spiritual, Something Words Cannot Describe.

Cast

Kevin Hines
as Interviewee
Patrick Hines
as Interviewee
Rachel Marker
as Interviewee
Tara Harrell
as Interviewee
Carolyn Presley
as Interviewee
Wally Manikow
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Mary Manikow
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Matt Rossi
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Jenn Rossi
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Rich Waters
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Ginny Matthews
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Shelley Albar
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Eric Geleynse
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Chris Brown (II)
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Susan Ginwalla
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Lyle Smith
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Dave Williams
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Christina Koelling
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Steve Meronek
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Keith Glenn
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Critic Reviews for The Bridge

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (19)

  • Tales are dramatic; the interviewees poignant, and the images -- often following bodies all the way down to the water -- are startling and discomfiting.

    May 9, 2007

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • 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.

    Mar 8, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's gripping viewing but you feel like a voyeur of somebody else's pain. After a while you may feel that you're watching a particularly scenic snuff film.

    Feb 16, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
    Times (UK)
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  • This could be the most morally loathsome film ever made.

    Feb 16, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Guardian
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  • despite the shocking, up-close look, we're no closer to a real understanding of the terrible urge to end it all.

    Feb 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Mattin

    BBC.com
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  • 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.

    Feb 14, 2007 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Bridge

  • Oct 01, 2015
    Inspired by an article from The New Yorker, The Bridge is a provocative documentary about suicide. Focusing on jumpers from the Golden Gate Bridge, the film interviews the family, friends, and witnesses of several suicides. Also included is some raw footage of a couple of jumps and attempts that were caught on film. However, no context is provided to understand why people choice the bridge as a method of suicide or how they die. And there's no deeper discussion of suicide and its aftereffects. Yet despite its rather surface approach, The Bridge is an oddly fascinating documentary.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2013
    The Bridge is a superb documentary that tells the story of The Golden Gate Bridge and its story about how it is among the most the popular suicide destinations in the world. The film shows actual suicides and it quite disturbing, sad and unnerving. This is a documentary that shows a darker side of this famous attraction. In a way this is a film that is necessary because it can maybe cause debate in preventing further tragedy on the bridge. San Francisco needs to put up some sort of barrier to prevent these things in happening. The interview from the family and friends are hard to hear and make you think. The questions and statements of the people that knew the victims are something that you can't forget. This is a film that will stay with you long after you've seen it. This is a very well crafted documentary, even if the film shows real suicides, I don't think it exploits the pain, quite on the contrary, it is a film that shows an important aspect of the bridge. Depression, Mental illness and hardships are reasons to do it, but often people ignore that cry for help, and don't feel sorry for them. However after seeing this film, you realize that some people need help, and the sad part is, is that most suicides on the bridge could have been prevented. This is hard to watch, but it tells an important story that you need to understand. The Bridge is a very good documentary, but due to its subject matter is only worth seeing once. The Bridge is a unique documentary, and there will never be a film quite like this.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2011
    "The Bridge" is a tough movie to watch. It's intensely somber. Debut director Eric Steel pointed his cameras at San Francisco's majestic and mysteriously powerful Golden Gate Bridge and found out something deeply disturbing. An extraordinary number of people jump off that bridge in broad daylight, and his cameras caught everything. It must have been a tremendously difficult decision, but Steel decided to build a project around suicide and use the actual footage. He and his team tracked down the family members of some of those who jumped and gently and compassionately interviewed them, hearing the terrible stories of how their family members' lives fell apart. Most jumpers had issues with mental illness; that is the overriding theme. But not all of them. As an artist, you can't get more meaningful material than this. This project pierces to the heart of the human experience. Unfortunately though, "The Bridge" isn't a great work of art. It's very good, but something's missing. After about an hour of hearing the stories of broken lives, I didn't feel that I was growing substantially from the experience. I commend Steel for his bravery and compassion. I'm just not sure if he found his way to lessons that were meaningful enough to build a film around. If you can handle looking into the face of complete despair, "The Bridge" is recommended. In some ways, I felt it was a way of honoring those who suffered so much. But it's also interesting to think about how this subject matter could have been treated in some better ways.
    William D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2011
    On one hand, I enjoyed how they did kind of a background on the people they showed jumping. On the other hand, I wish they would have done more on the bridge itself - why people choose this spot, statistics, etc.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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