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A River Runs Through It Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Moving, powerful movie of two brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 14, 2009
Sherritt has been in a lot of movies, but the role of Rev. Maclean seems like one he was born to play. He owns it, the way that Pitt and Sheffer own theirs, and as a result it takes no time at all to believe this group as a family and become involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Emanuel Levy
March 24, 2008
There is too much taste, discretion and detachment in Redford's rendition of MacLean's sprawling family saga, but the scenery and Brad Pitt are nice to look at due to Philippe Rousselot's gorgeous Oscar-winning cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

November 8, 2007
Although heart-throb Pitt steals the film to some extent, veteran actor Skerritt scores highly with his outstanding and heartfelt portrait of the watchful father.
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Variety Staff
November 8, 2007
A skilled, careful adaptation of a much-admired story.

TV Guide
November 8, 2007
Even set against the Sierra Club beauty of Redford's Montana, it's hard to get excited by fisherman casting their lines into the water.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 8, 2007
This may work for you if you settle at the outset for a nostalgic, all-American mood piece.
Cole Smithey
December 4, 2006
A great movie to watch with the family at Christmas.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Leave your preconceptions about fishing at the door: you'll be caught hook, line and sinker.
Don Willmott
September 22, 2005
A specialist in bringing books to life as movies, Redford has a knack for finding what matters in the text and making sure it ends up on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 3, 2005
Brad Pitt's breakthrough...a nostalgic, fine telling.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
June 25, 2004
Nice to look at but rather dull
| Original Score: 3/5
Victoria Alexander
January 21, 2004
How exciting is fly-fishing as a metaphor?
| Original Score: 2/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Disappointing drama. Some moving moments while fly fishing, but a senseless tear-jerker end just seems desperate.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Here are two things I never thought I'd say: I like a movie about fly fishing, and Robert Redford has directed one of the most ambitious, accomplished films of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
A very unusual Hollywood movie: it is literary and it has a heart of gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
A truly remarkable film. Redford's direction is unmatching.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Presents uplifting messages about family, siblings, and the spiritual solace of mastery in a sport.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
A beautifully made and photographed story of familial bonds.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 13, 2002
Director Redford also addresses the theme of loving families who do not communicate pain well.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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