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. 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. A tasteful, richly textured, exquisitely nostalgic drama that carries with it an enormous emotional punch. [09 Oct 1992]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 88
    This is a beautifully-shot film, and director Robert Redford (who also provides the voice-over narration) has paid painstaking attention to detail.
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 »