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The Bridges of Madison County Reviews

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Chris Kridler
Baltimore Sun
July 31, 2013
The Bridges of Madison County is as good as it is because of its performances. It's as bad as it is because of its source.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Lightcap
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Eastwood is charmingly likable, self-confident and good-humored, but he's miscast. He is 20 years too old, has a limited emotional range, and lacks the erotic power to generate the needed sexual chemistry with Streep.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 31, 2013
Despite all his craft and sincerity, [Eastwood] and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese can't quite turn Robert James Waller's cardboard best-seller into flesh and bone.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Utter pap, redeemed only by the professionalism of its stars in sub-standard material.
| Original Score: 2/5
Monica Hayde
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Eastwood's Robert Kincaid -- made out in the book to be some sort of quasi-mythical cross between the Marlboro Man and Ralph Waldo Emerson -- is toned down so much as to be almost uncompelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I've seen the movie twice now and was even more involved the second time, because I was able to pay more attention to the nuances of voice and gesture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The Bridges of Madison County is a beautiful film, not only in the way it was photographed, but for the manner through which the characters are revealed to us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
August 6, 2006
In Eastwood's hands, it seems, even divorce can be more romantic than orgasms under the right circumstances.
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
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
Eastwood can do no wrong in my eyes ... but he came dangerously close with this one.
| Original Score: 3/5
Victoria Alexander
May 31, 2004
Better than the book.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
February 4, 2003
Considering the turgid potboiler it's based on, we should be grateful Eastwood achieved as much as he did.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
June 23, 2008
Given the intelligent restraint of the treatment, this is about as fine an adaptation of this material as one could hope for...
Beth Accomando
January 17, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Cole Smithey
August 21, 2008
Perhaps the only time in history a movie was far better than its source material
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
A dizzy, dusty masterpiece
| Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Immaculately performed, and assembled with wit and sensitivity, this is one of the most satisfying weepies in years.
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