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  • Summary: Set after World War I, India and Walter Bridge (Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman) find their values clashing with their three children.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
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  1. This deserves to be seen and cherished for at least a couple of reasons: first for Joanne Woodward's exquisitely multilayered and nuanced performance as India Bridge, a frustrated, well-to-do WASP Kansas City housewife and mother during the 30s and 40s; and second for screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's retention of much of the episodic, short-chapter form of the books.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    What fills the screen is not heightened melodrama, but a series of stark, sometimes painfully poignant vignettes that reflect the oppressive stasis of their lives.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    Mr. & Mrs. Bridge is an affecting study of an uppercrust Midwestern family in the late 1930s.
  4. 75
    The film is dawdling, sometimes maddeningly so, but Newman and Woodward deliver lovingly detailed and bruisingly true performances that not only command attention but richly reward it.
  5. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge is watchable but also stiff and remote.
  6. 60
    It's respectful but not particularly vigorous or enlightening.
  7. Reviewed by: Monty Smith
    40
    It's hard to imagine that even a documentary on the apparently harmonious marriage of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward -a union established in 1958 and still going strong - could be duller than this stodgy addition to the Merchant-Ivory menu of good taste.

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