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Sentimental, slow, schmaltzy, and very satisfying, The Bridges of Madison County finds Clint Eastwood adapting a bestseller with heft, wit, and grace. Read critic reviews

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A moving love story about a photographer on assignment to shoot the historic bridges of Madison County. He meets a housewife, whose husband and children are away on a trip, and the film traces a brief affair that is never sordid but instead one of two soul mates who have met too late.

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  • The strength of Eastwood's Bridges is in its patience, and how it lets the love story develop from start to finish, even though the audience knows from the beginning the broad strokes of what's going to happen.

    May 5, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • With Eastwood as Kincaid and Meryl Streep as Francesca, this carefully observant love story turns Waller's pop-lit passion into screen art.

    July 31, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Bridges is an admirable achievement, one that probably does more to reposition its maker as someone who can carry a movie without carrying a gun than as the director/star of a Love Story for the Loving Care set.

    July 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The result, if rather thin and certainly far from a masterpiece, is nevertheless quite lovely. This affecting little film is easily one of Eastwood's best efforts as a director.

    July 31, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The two leads' sly comic rhythm is miles removed from the book's failing solemnity.

    July 31, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Eastwood's Bridges has the energy and spontaneity of a picture that was shot quickly. And that serves the material well, because it removes the solemnity that could stiffle a modern classic.

    July 31, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 09, 2018
    This was a quite a slow and sombre film but it was incredibly directed by Eastwood. The film has that old stylish storytelling that is lacking in modern filmmaking, it is heart wrenching even though at its core is an over the top plot. This is one of those times you must go with the plot and not pick it apart, there are holes but at its centre is two master actors at the height of there careers. I thought this was going to be a boring love piece and avoided it for this reason but I must say it is an adult focused film that is incredible. If you are lacking the adult focused drama that the 80s and 90s was quite excellent at producing, this is one of those films that you need to see. Eastwood as both the star and filmmaker exceeds, but Streep is the anchor of the film. 08/09/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2013
    A perfectly executed film.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2013
    It is deep and sentimental films like this one that make me realize how good I am listening to people. And both characters revealed their true hearts in a way that amazes. More interesting than their random anecdotes was how each spoke about him/herself. It is about "listening between the lines", if you can say. 78/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Same as the book, boring and cliche
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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