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  • Summary: An adaptation of Norman Maclean's classic memoir. Growing up, Norman (Sheffer) and his brother Paul (Pitt) rebel against their stern minister father. While Norman channels his rebellion into writing, Paul descends a slippery path to self-destruction. (Columbia Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
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  1. Robert Redford's sensitive, unhurried movie of A River Runs Through It is so faithful to the book that it becomes that rare thing - a beautiful celebration of the power of literature. [09 Oct 1992]
  2. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    90
    A River Runs Through It, Mr. Redford's beautiful and deeply felt new movie, puts him in an entirely new category as a film maker.
  3. 88
    Redford and his writer, Richard Friedenberg, understand that most of the events in any life are accidential or arbitrary, especially the crucial ones, and we can exercise little conscious control over our destinies.
  4. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    70
    The words - taken directly from the book - are beautifully cast, but they encapsulate the emotions too conveniently.
  5. Whatever the movie's failings, it had enough poignancy and beauty to make me want to find out what was missing. [08 Oct 1992]
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Though Maclean's bedrock prose is perfection in print, the film may be another case (like actor Redford's "The Great Gatsby") in which text defies translation. [09 Oct 1992]
  7. It works better as a nature and historical study than as a drama, though.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Jan 9, 2011
    10
    This movie is great. Awesome performances by the entire cast, especially Tom Skerrrit. The music is fantastic, and really fills the movie with emotion. Beautiful story and script. This is a complete movie that everyone should see. Expand
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    Robert Redford skillfully guides this quiet and cerebral drama through some of its slower parts, shooting it in a simple, yet majestic manner.