A River Runs Through It

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Tasteful to a fault, this period drama combines a talented cast (including a young Brad Pitt) with some stately, beautifully filmed work from director Robert Redford.

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The Maclean brothers, Paul (Brad Pitt) and Norman (Craig Sheffer), live a relatively idyllic life in rural Montana, spending much of their time fly fishing. The sons of a minister (Tom Skerritt), the boys eventually part company when Norman moves east to attend college, leaving his rebellious brother to find trouble back home. When Norman finally returns, the siblings resume their fishing outings, and assess both where they've been and where they're going.

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Critic Reviews for A River Runs Through It

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (9)

  • Redford directs with a fluid grace... to capture the idyllic, light-drenched aura of Maclean's early childhood memories. Even the seemingly unexciting fly-fishing sequences take on a magical air worthy of Spielberg.

    October 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Redford remains a fine director of actors. With Brad Pitt, who gives a particularly good performance, he is dealing moreover with an actor whose handsomeness is reminiscent of his own at that age.

    November 15, 2017 | Full Review…
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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Moving, powerful movie of two brothers.

    December 21, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Redford does an honorable job emulating the author's unsentimental, laconically witty style. A River Runs Through It is made with reverence and taste, but it only fitfully comes fully alive as a film.

    July 7, 2010 | Full Review…
  • A skilled, careful adaptation of a much-admired story.

    November 8, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A River Runs Through It

  • Jul 23, 2012
    Yeeeah, it's all nice and purdy. Can't fault the actors terribly much for playing bland characters. About as exciting a picture as most seniors get. Bit of fly fishing too.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Riveting, inspirational, and heartwarming, "A River Runs Through It" is bolstered by an honest script, beautiful photography, and great performances from Tom Skerrit and Brad Pitt.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2011
    Absolutely breathtaking cinematography more than makes up for a less-than riveting storyline. A young Brad Pitt shines as well.
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    Riveting, inspirational, and heartwarming with a great script and performances from Tom Skerrit and Brad Pitt. It's not totally original, but these kinds of movies always get me.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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