A River Runs Through It Reviews

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October 10, 2018
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.
July 24, 2018
The film is blighted by an inability to break free from its source.
May 29, 2018
Redford's heartfelt yet unfulfilled film feels more watered-down than haunting.
November 15, 2017
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.
September 7, 2011
December 21, 2010
Moving, powerful movie of two brothers.
July 7, 2010
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 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.
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.
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.
November 8, 2007
A skilled, careful adaptation of a much-admired story.
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.
November 8, 2007
This may work for you if you settle at the outset for a nostalgic, all-American mood piece.
December 4, 2006
A great movie to watch with the family at Christmas.
October 27, 2006
June 24, 2006
Leave your preconceptions about fishing at the door: you'll be caught hook, line and sinker.
March 9, 2006
October 5, 2005
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.
May 13, 2005
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