The Bridge of San Luis Rey
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Thornton Wilder's award-winning novel is given a lavish screen adaptation in this historical drama from writer and director Mary McGuckian. In Peru in 1714, a rickety bridge collapsed as five people were attempting to cross, forcing them to plunge to their deaths. Brother Fray Juniper (Gabriel Byrne) is a Franciscan monk who has been given the duty of looking into the tragedy by the archbishop of Lima (Robert De Niro), and to learn what he can about the victims. It is Juniper's belief that these particular people died for some reason, and that it is his duty to determine why God chose… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Why do good actors pop up in bad movies? More perplexingly, why do so many good actors end up in the same bad movie?"
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"Audiences may wonder why a picture with Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates and Harvey Keitel would be so bereft of hype. After you've endured the film, all 120 airless minutes, you'll understand the rationale behind the quiet release."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a beautiful movie. The film's shooting locations are exquisite. The sets are stunning. The costumes are gorgeous. The actors are superlative. Too bad the movie sucks."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"the worst film of the year... a fraud of the highest order"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Though handsomely mounted, this parable of intersecting destinies and implacable tragedy is as lifeless as a wax tableau."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As a director, McGuckian is overwhelmed by the immensity of her cast, and her misguided attempt to make a Hollywood epic on a European production budget."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"An honorable but dull attempt to translate a neglected literary source to the screen."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice
"How to turn an embarrassment of riches into an embarrassment, period."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A wobbly Bridge. Impressive cast can't save terrible script."
‑ Angela Baldassarre,
"The Viceroy states that they are 'surrounded by an ocean of boredom' - then you realize you're swimming in it."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Best characterized as an honourable folly."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"How bad could a movie be that features talent as serious as Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates, Gabriel Byrne, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham and Geraldine Chaplin? That bad, alas."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"leaves audience with the same unanswered question as the one asked by its narrator"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"It is an intense philosophical undertaking that examines questions of faith, fate and chance."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"None of the performances work."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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