In 18th-century Peru, a Franciscan monk investigates the collapse of a bridge that killed five travelers.
" 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. "
" Visually sumptuous but dramatically muddled and confusing, The Bridge of San Luis Rey ultimately comes across as a soporific costume drama featuring a gallery of miscast stars. "
" Best characterized as an honourable folly. "
" Unlike the bridge, the movie unravels at a very slow pace. "
" Why do good actors pop up in bad movies? More perplexingly, why do so many good actors end up in the same bad movie? "
" Even though director-adaptor Mary McGuckian expended much creative energy trying to pump original spirit into the characters, she never brings any of them to life. "
" The Bridge of San Luis Rey raises an important philosophical question: Is it better to fall to one's death from a rickety rope bridge overlooking a deep gorge or watch this miserable movie about several people sharing that awful fate? "
" An endless powdered-wigs-and-feathered-pen slog. "
" So dully written and executed that you'll be wishing the production had collapsed instead of the swaying bridge of San Luis Rey. "
" 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. "
" The stellar cast can do little to paper over the cracks in an awkward, unevenly-paced script that is composed of a series of sometimes-attractive scenes with little emotional undertow. "
" 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. "
" An honorable but dull attempt to translate a neglected literary source to the screen. "
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