The Bridge (FX): Season 1 Reviews

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June 14, 2017
Diane Kruger is perfectly icy as the "unusual" Detective Sonya Cross. Demian Bichir is super as her Mexican counterpart Marco Ruiz: kindly, world-weary, with a quantity of crumpled charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2013
The Bridge manages the neat trick of being both tough and entertaining; it's a made-up story that feels true.
July 18, 2013
[A] dark but artful and sophisticated drama.
July 17, 2013
You know you're watching a great serial-killer mystery when the serial killer is the least interesting part.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
July 10, 2013
The Bridge is highly absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 10, 2013
You can feel a network's growing pains as you watch The Bridge, but growing pains are good. They're what you feel when you're evolving.
July 10, 2013
What could be a relentlessly grim procedural (again, The Killing) is instead a compelling drama that works (so far, at least) on a number of levels.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 10, 2013
Neither literary nor political pretensions are necessary to enjoy The Bridge. At its bedrock, it's a fine crime drama, full of arresting and gruesome turns, sometimes downright scary, sometimes blackly funny.
July 10, 2013
The underlying concept makes a solid foundation, even if some of what's been erected atop of it feels a little rickety.
July 9, 2013
The Bridge rises well above those too-familiar TV tropes and expands into a portrait of a particular part of the world and its people.
July 9, 2013
Luckily for The Bridge, other parts of the show are strong enough to prevent it from collapsing under the weight of Kruger's often implausible, ill-executed character.
July 9, 2013
It does string you along. With barbed wire.
July 9, 2013
The Bridge is disturbing; it's just not that interesting.
July 9, 2013
It has a seamless and almost hypnotic quality to its narrative, and it's easily one of the best debuts this year.
July 9, 2013
As it is, feel free to think of this as that proverbial bridge too far -- and cross elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 8, 2013
It's a credit to the principal actors' convincing performances that these questions probably won't occur to most viewers.
July 8, 2013
It's bracingly distinctive on several fronts but also grindingly familiar with its serial maiming and killing of women.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 8, 2013
What's most compelling about The Bridge is that it emphasizes not the psychology or forensics of the case but its context.
July 7, 2013
This is a politically charged culture clash with an overlay of personal friction worth investigating.
July 7, 2013
It's yet to be seen how deeply the story will venture into meaningful territory, but any show that casts strong actors like Kruger and Bichir as American and Mexican seekers of justice is a step in the right direction.
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