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  • Summary: More people choose to end their lives at the Golden Gate Bridge than anywhere else in the world. The Bridge offers glimpses into the darkest, and possibly most impenetrable corners of the human mind. The fates of the 24 people who died at the Golden Gate Bridge in 2004 are linked together byMore people choose to end their lives at the Golden Gate Bridge than anywhere else in the world. The Bridge offers glimpses into the darkest, and possibly most impenetrable corners of the human mind. The fates of the 24 people who died at the Golden Gate Bridge in 2004 are linked together by a 4 second fall. (IFC) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    The film avoids theorizing about why the bridge should exert such a hold over the imaginations of suicides all over the world, but Steel's dramatic cinematography, particularly the distorted telephoto shots that make the bridge loom even larger than it already does in life, provide one answer.
  2. The real item under consideration here is the movie itself, and the bottom line is that it lands in a humane place. True, any viewer will go in with a certain curiosity, ghoulish or otherwise, about what it's like to jump off a bridge, and yet the overall effect of the film is broadening. To see it is to dread the bridge jumps and to come away with a feeling of compassion and empathy.
  3. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    75
    This is one movie that's guaranteed to linger in your mind after you leave the theater, whether you want it to or not.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    You leave The Bridge with a new appreciation for your (relative) mental stability and a vow to make the most of your brief, ephemeral life.
  5. The Bridge crosses a disquieting line.
  6. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    50
    Ghoulish documentary.
  7. This is a new form of obscenity that might be called suicide porn. It's not just the voyeuristic surveillance that's obscene, but the use of suicide footage as counterpoint to other stories as they're told. Steel shows no special insight into the subject, though even that couldn't justify such hideousness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. SarahC
    Oct 26, 2006
    10
    A movie of phenomenal proportions. Goes down as one of the most powerful, moving and spectacular director performances and epic journeys, of A movie of phenomenal proportions. Goes down as one of the most powerful, moving and spectacular director performances and epic journeys, of all time. It is in no way dull, only edge of your seat horror, and pure blockbuster brilliance that will drive people insane. A instant classic and a IFC gem. This movie is literally unforgettable and poignant. Expand
  2. RedFace
    Oct 28, 2006
    10
    The Unbelievable Footage of the Golden Gate Bridge combined with the tear-jerking and organized stories of 24 suicide victems make this movie The Unbelievable Footage of the Golden Gate Bridge combined with the tear-jerking and organized stories of 24 suicide victems make this movie not only powerful, beautiful and unfogettable, but they truely give the documentary Genre the #1 movie of the year. The Bridge is stunning. It creates a new genre of brillance while conveying the deepest and darkest moments in human lives. While chronicling the deaths of 24 people, The Bridge also gives a history of the Golden Gate sparked with constantlly new and incredibly shot imagery. If the incredible shots of the bridge are not enough to move you then the stories of the people will. Some saved, some survived, and some succeeded and the film captures all three in personal and unforgettable fashions: through family interviews and non-bias first hand accounts. Despite everyhthing this movie has to offer, the truly most powerful thing it conveys is the interviews with the suicide surviors themselves. The film avoids theorizing about why the bridge should exert such a hold over the imaginations of suicides all over the world, but Steel's dramatic cinematography, particularly the distorted telephoto shots that make the bridge loom even larger than it already does in life, provide one answer. Expand
  3. RonL.
    Apr 21, 2007
    10
    We need more movies like this one, less Hollywood junk. The sound track was very interesting, clarity and color was very good for a movie We need more movies like this one, less Hollywood junk. The sound track was very interesting, clarity and color was very good for a movie shot with digital video camera. The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle newspapers gave it a very good review. Expand
  4. PaulK.
    Feb 19, 2007
    9
    This doc is creepy, but I was completely absorbed right up until the end. Equally fascinating as it is disturbing.
  5. ErikM.
    Nov 28, 2006
    8
    Usually J. Rosenbaum is spot on, but I'm surprised to see him dis this film so vociferously. The Bridge addressees the frustration Usually J. Rosenbaum is spot on, but I'm surprised to see him dis this film so vociferously. The Bridge addressees the frustration families and friends face amid a society that continues to ignore mental health. In addition, the film has called attention to a problem San Francisco has ignored for decades and renewed calls for a safety barrier on the bridge. Expand
  6. TimR.
    Oct 28, 2006
    5
    This movie definitly falls short. It comes out sad, disturbing and at some times very moving, but at the end you question its purpose. It This movie definitly falls short. It comes out sad, disturbing and at some times very moving, but at the end you question its purpose. It manages to register with you but never makes you cry. Films like Deliver Us From Evil and Jesus Camp prove to be far better in this year of documentary films. Although Death of A President will take the Box Office away from The Bridge, both of them prove to be stunning yet repetative and suspenseful yet wrong. If this is the year for controversial documentary films there is only one real winer: Deliver Us From Evil. Expand
  7. DanielY.
    Oct 28, 2006
    3
    I am a big fan of documentary films and I was expecting this to be far better than it ended up being. "The Bridge" falls flat as a seriously I am a big fan of documentary films and I was expecting this to be far better than it ended up being. "The Bridge" falls flat as a seriously repetative and strangly unpowerful mess. It follows the intresting stories of 24 people and focuses on a specific 5 or 6 but never really jolts a tear from your eyes despite its constant attempts showing actual suicide footage and supurb shots of the Golden Gate bridge. But beautiful imagery and disturbing content involving suicide are not enough for the film to really take off. It seems to try so hard but not have enough plot to work with. Director Eric Steel seems to do the best job you can with a movie like this, but at the end, the truth is, this movie should never really have been made. It shows amazing lives and the choices leading up to ending them, yes, but is that something we wan't to see on such big screens this box office season? I don't think so. It is clear that Deliver Us From Evil is the only personal-based documentary that really proves to be stunning this year. Expand

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