The Bridges of Madison County
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

The brief, illicit love affair between an Iowa housewife and a post-middle-age free-lance photographer is chronicled in this powerful romance based on the best-selling novella by Robert James Waller. The story begins as globetrotting… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 25, 1997
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sentimental, slow, schmaltzy, and very satisfying, The Bridges of Madison County finds Clint Eastwood adapting a bestseller with heft, wit, and grace.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

With Eastwood as Kincaid and Meryl Streep as Francesca, this carefully observant love story turns Waller's pop-lit passion into screen art.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The two leads' sly comic rhythm is miles removed from the book's failing solemnity.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The strength of Eastwood's Bridges is in its patience, and how it lets the love story develop from start to finish, even though the audience knows from the beginning the broad strokes of what's going to happen.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Bridges is an admirable achievement, one that probably does more to reposition its maker as someone who can carry a movie without carrying a gun than as the director/star of a Love Story for the Loving Care set.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Eastwood's Bridges has the energy and spontaneity of a picture that was shot quickly. And that serves the material well, because it removes the solemnity that could stiffle a modern classic.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Those who found Waller's book an outrageously bad read may be gratefully surprised to find less mush in the movie.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The result, if rather thin and certainly far from a masterpiece, is nevertheless quite lovely. This affecting little film is easily one of Eastwood's best efforts as a director.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Despite all his craft and sincerity, [Eastwood] and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese can't quite turn Robert James Waller's cardboard best-seller into flesh and bone.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

Beautifully photographed and directed with an intimate maturity, the film reveals its characters in an unhurried way, thus making the audience accomplices in the unfolding liaison.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
A perfectly executed film.
Nicki Marie
Not the quickest moving movie, but worth watching if you can perserve with it. Very sad and has something to say about living the life that makes you happy, and… More
Jim Careter
Same as the book, boring and cliche
Jason Owens
My mom's favorite movie of all time is also one I'm a fan of. Of course, what Clint Eastwood movie am I NOT a fan of? He shows in this one that not… More
Randy Tippy
I was reluctant to take a chance on this one because of the pretense, but the story and Miss Streep drew me in. Now that I've seen it - no regrets.
Jason Spencer
This was pretty boring to me but I thought the cast did a good job of becoming these people.