A River Runs Through It

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Peter Stack
    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. 90
    A skilled, careful adaptation of a much-admired story, A River Runs Through It is a convincing trip back in time to a virtually vanished American West, as well as a nicely observed family study.
  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. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    Whatever the movie's failings, it had enough poignancy and beauty to make me want to find out what was missing. [08 Oct 1992]
  5. 70
    It is a serious and, at times, moving film, and it deserves serious analysis.
  6. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    A River Runs Through It emerges as hopelessly middle-brow-the kind of diluted, prettified art traditionally associated with PBS and the Academy Awards. [09 Oct 1992]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 9, 2011
    This movie is great. Awesome performances by the entire cast, especially Tom Skerrrit. The music is fantastic, and really fills the movieThis 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
    Robert Redford skillfully guides this quiet and cerebral drama through some of its slower parts, shooting it in a simple, yet majestic manner.