The Bridge
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

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"Tales are dramatic; the interviewees poignant, and the images -- often following bodies all the way down to the water -- are startling and discomfiting."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Aspires to humanize the people who kill themselves at the Golden Gate Bridge, but ends up mostly reducing its subjects to their flamboyant and very public deaths."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"None of the insights justifies the queasiness of the project"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Two dozen souls, linked by suicide as a seductive, and very visible alternative to unrelenting torment and suffering."
‑ Kam Williams, EURWeb
"It's gripping viewing but you feel like a voyeur of somebody else's pain. After a while you may feel that you're watching a particularly scenic snuff film."
‑ , Times [UK]
"The Bridge avoids reducing its subjects to types, and if the portraits painted are often recognizable -- the person who talks so much about suicide that those around him fail to take him seriously -- they are not repetitive."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"By his use of interviews of friends and family of jumpers, Steel reminds us that no matter how alone some of these people felt, they weren't without people who loved them. It is a tender, powerful work."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"You will never look fondly at the Golden Gate Bridge again after seeing this disturbing documentary by a filmmaker ignorant of the volatile narrative water that he dishonors."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"There are harrowing moments: who could not be moved by a parent talking about a son's suicide? But you do not leave the cinema with a better understanding of suicide."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times (UK)
"This will get flack for being a "snuff" film - but the real tragedy is how suicide is often hidden away. This film brings it out in the open."
‑ Stuart McGurk, thelondonpaper
"The whole thing invokes the bodies falling from that other architectural icon on 9/11 - but it's not clear what is achieved beyond disturbance."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Though well-meaning, hauntingly scored and artfully photographed, this strange documentary marks the bridge as a mecca for self-inflicted death, while making us helpless observers of such horrific acts."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Little more than a snuff film clumsily dressed up as an art house flick."
‑ David Cornelius,
"While these interviews are affecting, and the movie talks about suicide in a refreshingly straightforward manner, it's the images of these actual deaths that induce horrified gasps."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"This could be the most morally loathsome film ever made."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
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