A River Runs Through It
A River Runs Through It (1992)

This film, based on an autobiographical book by Norman MacLean, centers on brothers Paul and Norman, the sons of a Presbyterian minister living in Montana. Norman is the responsible son; hard-living Paul is the rebel. What unites the… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Variety Staff
Variety

A skilled, careful adaptation of a much-admired story.

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Caryn James
New York Times

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Moving, powerful movie of two brothers.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This may work for you if you settle at the outset for a nostalgic, all-American mood piece.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Redford's movie is too little show and too much tell.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Time Out

Leave your preconceptions about fishing at the door: you'll be caught hook, line and sinker.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

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.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
This movie is about the youth and young adulthood of two brothers - set in the mountains of Montana - with fly fishing as a major component. Robert Redford is… More
Corey Wood
I can't see whats not to like about this film. Sure, we've seen it a million times but "A River Runs Through It" works like no other. The… More
Spencer Macklin
Absolutely breathtaking cinematography more than makes up for a less-than riveting storyline. A young Brad Pitt shines as well.
Conner Rainwater
It was a mildly interesting movie that had about one decent performance. Brad Pitt made a great effort and seemed to be the only one that tried. Other than… More
Kevin M. Williams
Robert Redford directs and narrates this American poem about the life of one family in early 20th century Montana. Touching and evocative, surely this is one… More
Jason Owens
Awesome movie that's very reminiscent of another of Pitt's films that would come later, "Legends of the Fall."