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  • Summary: World-traveling National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid (Eastwood) and Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson (Streep) aren't looking to turn their lives upside down. Each is at a point in life where expectations are behind them. Yet four days after meeting, they won’t want to lose theWorld-traveling National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid (Eastwood) and Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson (Streep) aren't looking to turn their lives upside down. Each is at a point in life where expectations are behind them. Yet four days after meeting, they won’t want to lose the love they've found in this story of love, choice and consequence. [Warner Bros.] Expand
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  1. To say that Eastwood, who directed, has done a first-rate job of adaptation fails to do him justice. What he's brought off is closer to alchemy.
  2. 88
    A beautiful film, not only in the way it was photographed, but for the manner through which the characters are revealed to us.
  3. Limited by the vapidity of this material while he trims its excesses with the requisite machete, Mr. Eastwood locates a moving, elegiac love story at the heart of Mr. Waller's self-congratulatory overkill.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    Through the actress's effort and her director's generosity, this book about an irresistible man becomes a movie about a remarkable woman. Madison County is Eastwood's gift to women.
  5. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    70
    What Eastwood and Streep have done is to bring a semblance of emotional reality to the story.
  6. The film version, competently directed by Clint Eastwood and beautifully acted by Meryl Streep, isn't about to mess with a popular formula - this is a straight-up adaptation as faithful as a fawning spouse.
  7. Clint Eastwood resurrects the star system, the Hollywood love story, and middle-aged romance, but despite all his craft and sincerity, he and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese can't quite turn Robert James Waller's cardboard best-seller into flesh and bone.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. PatrickG.
    Mar 13, 2007
    10
    Clint Eastwood is working on full cylinders here. A very moving portrait. Close to melodrama, but never slipping into the mushy abysm of the Clint Eastwood is working on full cylinders here. A very moving portrait. Close to melodrama, but never slipping into the mushy abysm of the novel on which it's based. It deserves all the praise in the world for it's honesty, bravery, and intelligence. Expand
  2. JulianB
    Oct 26, 2006
    10
    A romantic and wonderful movie
  3. Nov 17, 2013
    3
    This was a horrible movie. It plods along haphazardly with very two-dimensional characters. This did not feel like a romantic movie for theThis was a horrible movie. It plods along haphazardly with very two-dimensional characters. This did not feel like a romantic movie for the ages, but a lame attempt in justifying a superman-like lover that could do no wrong. This was not believable, and the prose was laughable. Avoid this movie and watch something else. A complete waste of time. Expand

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