The Bridges of Madison County
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
The Bridges of Madison County
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 National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid journeys to Madison County in 1965 to film its lovely covered bridges. Upon his arrival, he stops by an old farmhouse to ask directions. There he encounters housewife, Francesca Johnson, whose spouse and two children are out of town. Thus begins their four-day affair, a liaison that fundamentally changes them both.… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With Eastwood as Kincaid and Meryl Streep as Francesca, this carefully observant love story turns Waller's pop-lit passion into screen art."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"The two leads' sly comic rhythm is miles removed from the book's failing solemnity."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"The movie, thank goodness, is better than the book. What's more surprising is that The Bridges of Madison County is an accomplished piece of moviemaking."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Still one of Hollywood's most assured directors, Clint Eastwood transcends the story's cliches with a classically restrained yet steadily imaginative filmmaking style."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Those who found Waller's book an outrageously bad read may be gratefully surprised to find less mush in the movie."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The emotions evoked by this Bridges are in a minor key compared to the book, but they are honestly earned."
‑ Chauncey Mabe, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Streep and Eastwood's chemistry makes the film."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"The Bridges of Madison County is as good as it is because of its performances. It's as bad as it is because of its source."
‑ Chris Kridler, Baltimore Sun
"The film is good enough; Streep is the X-factor that makes it excellent."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
More reviews for The Bridges of Madison County on Rotten Tomatoes