A River Runs Through It Reviews

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.
September 7, 2011
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.
November 8, 2007
A skilled, careful adaptation of a much-admired story.
November 8, 2007
This may work for you if you settle at the outset for a nostalgic, all-American mood piece.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Leave your preconceptions about fishing at the door: you'll be caught hook, line and sinker.
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.
May 12, 2001
Redford's movie is too little show and too much tell.
January 1, 2000
This has the feel of something genuine: sweet, touching, and sentimental.
January 1, 2000
In its determination to emphasize character and thoughtful content over formulas and facile sensationalism, it's a movie that's proudly out of step with Hollywood trends.
January 1, 2000
Redford and his writer, Richard Friedenberg, understand that most of the events in any life are accidential or arbitrary, especially the crucial ones, and we can exercise little conscious control over our destinies.
January 1, 2000
It doesn't hurt matters that the story's set in one of the world's most beautiful corners -- rendered in pre-twilight glows by cinematographer Philippe Rousselot.
October 9, 1992