The Bridge of San Luis Rey
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 10, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
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Critic Score: 4% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite an all-star cast and some impressive visuals, The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a lifeless, slow-going adaptation of Thornton Wilder's classic novel.

Stephen Garrett
Time Out

Why do good actors pop up in bad movies? More perplexingly, why do so many good actors end up in the same bad movie?

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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

Brandon Fibbs

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice

An honorable but dull attempt to translate a neglected literary source to the screen.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

How to turn an embarrassment of riches into an embarrassment, period.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Best characterized as an honourable folly.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

leaves audience with the same unanswered question as the one asked by its narrator

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
FanGirl Browncoat
A little long and a little boreing but good over all.
Ashton R.
Eh, I wasn't really expecting anything as I watched this, and I'm glad I didn't. It was alright, but I was glad that De Niro and Keitel covered… More