Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. 60
    An admirable if frequently soporific 1992 adaptation of Norman Maclean's account of life in Missoula, Montana.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
    From Phillippe Rousselot’s exquisite cinematography, with the stunning scenery of Montana as a backdrop, to Redford’s assured direction, this is utterly alluring, and manages to make fly-fishing seem not just romantic, but thrilling.
  3. Loving and well-intentioned though this film is, it never convinces you that its subject matter merits this kind of idealized, worshipful attention. [09 Oct 1992]
  4. It works better as a nature and historical study than as a drama, though.
  5. 50
    In relying on narration, Redford's movie is too little show and too much tell.
  6. 50
    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]
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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.
  2. 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 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. Full Review »