The Bridges of Madison County - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Bridges of Madison County Reviews

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve
May 5, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 31, 2013
With Eastwood as Kincaid and Meryl Streep as Francesca, this carefully observant love story turns Waller's pop-lit passion into screen art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 31, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 31, 2013
Those who found Waller's book an outrageously bad read may be gratefully surprised to find less mush in the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
July 31, 2013
Beautifully photographed and directed with an intimate maturity, the film reveals its characters in an unhurried way, thus making the audience accomplices in the unfolding liaison.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
July 31, 2013
The movie, thank goodness, is better than the book. What's more surprising is that The Bridges of Madison County is an accomplished piece of moviemaking.
Chauncey Mabe
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 31, 2013
The emotions evoked by this Bridges are in a minor key compared to the book, but they are honestly earned.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 31, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 31, 2013
The two leads' sly comic rhythm is miles removed from the book's failing solemnity.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 31, 2013
Still one of Hollywood's most assured directors, Clint Eastwood transcends the story's cliches with a classically restrained yet steadily imaginative filmmaking style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
July 31, 2013
Streep and Eastwood's chemistry makes the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
July 31, 2013
Bridges is an old-fashioned "women's film" that pits the heroine's romantic urges against her matriarchal duties. In fact, the film is at its dramatic best when Francesca is finally obliged, like Sophie, to make her choice.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 7, 2012
Streep makes her character known in no time flat. Intelligence, humor, blocked ambition, self-irony -- they're all contained in Francesca's quick response when Robert asks if she has any plans for the afternoon.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, as Waller's tenderly plaintive heartland lovers, are so visually and spiritually right they seem to have walked right off the page.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 16, 2011
The film is good enough; Streep is the X-factor that makes it excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 6, 2010
What follows is, essentially, gothic-romantic bunk. But there's a nicely stylized, below-the-surface courtship between the performers. They make you forget that, at their very core, they are hackneyed creations.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 27, 2008
Madison County is Eastwood's gift to women: to Francesca, to all the girls he's loved before -- and to Streep, who alchemizes literary mawkishness into intelligent movie passion.

TV Guide
October 27, 2008
Little happens here apart from a long, slow buildup to sentimentalized coitus, but there's no denying the sheer screen presence of these two 500-lb. gorillas of pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Luck
Film4
October 27, 2008
An unlikely choice as director and producer, it's thanks to Eastwood's relatively thin sentimental streak that the film doesn't fall headlong into a lagoon of schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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