• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 10, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. FX may have struck dramatic gold again. This series is mesmerizing. It sucks you in like a good book and has you yearning for more.
  2. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Jul 11, 2013
    90
    The Bridge sets the bar high with its early episodes--it's easily the best new show of the summer so far. Here's hoping the rest of the season follows suit.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jul 10, 2013
    90
    So is born what promises to be one of the great cop partnerships of all time in FX’s stunning new drama The Bridge... At its bedrock, it’s a fine crime drama, full of arresting and gruesome turns, sometimes downright scary, sometimes blackly funny.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jul 8, 2013
    88
    An intricate mystery confidently spun out with dark, unsettling shocks. [15 Jul 2013]
  5. 88
    The Bridge translates brilliantly, fitting into its new setting so perfectly, you’d never imagine it had aired in any other incarnation.
  6. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Feb 13, 2014
    83
    What could be a relentlessly grim procedural (again, "The Killing") is instead a compelling drama that works (so far, at least) on a number of levels: as a mystery, as an idiosyncratic buddy story, and as a textured sociopolitical treatise. But don't let the latter scare you off.
  7. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Jul 17, 2013
    83
    For a thoughtful drama that's so rooted in national identity, there's only one real misstep: No one will mistake Kruger for a Texan.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 10, 2013
    83
    Cross The Bridge at your own peril. You just might get stranded in the summer’s best mystery.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 9, 2013
    83
    With these characters, with this fascinating, complicated place--and one that's at the forefront of so much of what we're talking about in real world politics--and the sense of atmosphere instilled by directors like Gerardo Naranjo, The Bridge is off to such an outstanding start that I can't wait to see what this creative team does not only with the rest of the serial killer story, but well beyond it.
  10. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 9, 2013
    83
    The Bridge is highly absorbing.
  11. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 8, 2013
    83
    The Bridge so far looks to have more promise than [Fox’s The Following, NBC’s Hannibal, AMC’s ongoing Season 3 of The Killing]. It’s still early, though.
  12. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jul 19, 2013
    80
    A dark but artful and sophisticated drama.
  13. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jul 10, 2013
    80
    What’s most compelling about The Bridge is that it emphasizes not the psychology or forensics of the case but its context.
  14. Reviewed by: Jace Lacob
    Jul 10, 2013
    80
    Overall, The Bridge is a taut thriller mystery that is compelling and thought-provoking, much as Broen was.
  15. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 10, 2013
    80
    While Kruger's performance is convincing and intriguing, her character begs the question of how someone so unable to communicate could ever be promoted to a position where nuanced interrogation and interaction with suspects is a must. Thankfully, Bichir grounds the show with a sheepish, weary tenacity.
  16. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    Jul 10, 2013
    80
    Even as all of these seeming oppositions are set up, the show insists on the blurring of lines, the bridges as well as the borders.
  17. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 10, 2013
    80
    As odd-couple partners go, they're [Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) and Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) are] wonderfully imperfect. {The] 91-minute pilot is full of surprises, large and small, and sets the scene for a larger story.
  18. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    The show unfolds like a rich, gritty, and addictive novel, with some surprising detours and lots of transporting, grainy imagery.
  19. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    It has a seamless and almost hypnotic quality to its narrative, and it’s easily one of the best debuts this year.
  20. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    It's artfully directed, but intensely grisly. And its atmosphere is far more coherent than its sometimes sketchy narrative. But it does string you along. With barbed wire.
  21. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    Mismatched cops forced to work together is one of the oldest TV tropes in the book, but The Bridge builds such a realistic, detailed world around the detectives here that the dynamic is often fresh.
  22. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    At times, the show feels almost as dense to viewers as the case feels to the characters. It’s got an inherent intrigue, though, and even before we fully understand the mystery, Kruger has us rooting for Cross to solve it.
  23. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 8, 2013
    80
    The Bridge becomes more intriguing as it gets deeper into the pilot's 90-minute run time.The characters are not as immediately winning as those on FX's "The Americans," but the plot of the pilot raises plenty of questions that should bring viewers back.
  24. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jul 8, 2013
    80
    The Bridge doesn't overwhelm with information--as too many cable shows do--but it does shock with revelations that fit nicely into the gameplan. Kruger and Bechir are fine leads, too.
  25. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 8, 2013
    80
    The first three hours leave us thirsting for more.
  26. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jul 10, 2013
    75
    The Bridge, which gets better with each of the first three episodes, ventures beyond a singular quest for a serial killer. Other intriguing storylines and characters are given ample attention.
  27. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 9, 2013
    75
    The Bridge is, overall, a good show with some great performances--including Ted Levine as Lt. Wade, who’s a show stopper.
  28. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 9, 2013
    75
    A few missteps notwithstanding, The Bridge crackles with intelligence and great acting at every turn.
  29. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Jul 8, 2013
    75
    It’s hard to say where The Bridge is going, but so far it looks like a trip worth taking.
  30. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jul 8, 2013
    75
    The Bridge doesn't have the forceful originality of other socially conscious dramas such as Justified and Hannibal, but it's off to a promisingly lurid start.
  31. 70
    There are a few lackluster characterizations and performances, and scenes in which supposedly hardcore professionals seem more naïve than they might be in life, presumably to make it easier for The Bridge to set up little lessons in sociology, history, and politics. But this show’s worth watching regardless of how you feel about its bits and pieces. It’s an attempt to make an epic on an indie-film budget.
  32. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 27, 2013
    70
    The Bridge is mandatory viewing for drama lovers, but it will be interesting to see where the writers take it and whether they have the big-league ability to make the evident potential materialize. One thing they’ve hopefully learned is that sometimes holding back information isn’t mysterious, it’s just confusing.
  33. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jul 10, 2013
    60
    It has its good points and its less good points, but there's enough of the former to merit a look.
  34. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Jul 8, 2013
    60
    The Bridge will no doubt tie all these threads together in 13 well-executed episodes, after a lot of red herrings, victims killed in horrific ways and one final twist. It’s guaranteed to be a depressing journey, and it’s starting to feel like one we’ve been on before.
  35. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 10, 2013
    50
    There is rich ground to explore in the problems Mexico faces and the responsibility we may bear for some of them-–but the show's clumsy attempt to boil that down to a catchphrase is offensive and silly, particularly as it has no real connection to the story being told.
  36. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jul 9, 2013
    50
    It is louder, bolder and more lurid than the original, and also more boring.
  37. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 8, 2013
    50
    Although there are elements here that merit continued attention, most notably Demian Bichir as a dedicated Mexican cop, there are too many missteps to ensure safe passage.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 152 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Jul 11, 2013
    0
    Why watch a show on cops, if it is yet another clown act? There was little to absolutely no realism in this show. A pair of dumb and dumber doughnout eating coffee drinking smegs, the equivalent to the fiction displayed. Why are these morons in the literal sense handling any kind of investigation? Look at the cliche of the police cheif. No genuine forensic's on scene, watch the body split in half not being noticed immediately, no sniffer dogs checking vehlcies, no chopper to pursue a would be suspect who was casually glanced by and then waved on being the nearest vehicle to the crime. Her response back to the victims husband, faceplam and not from a specialist. This show is primetime The premise is of another serial killer dun nananana who stalks victims on both sides of the border. So why have we got these fools doing the groundwork? Atleast the serial killer will be so clever and it will take them an entire season of episodes to figure him out. Make it past 15 minutes I dare you why would you want closure here, and why would you want to see this?

    9 out of 10 coming from some people who brainlessly don't live in the real world. This show is ridiculous and should come in warning to it's obvious disorders. The music is awful. Slow mo throughout to the point retirement drama. Dialogue is equally nonsense
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  2. Jul 31, 2013
    10
    Honestly this show gets better every week and I haven't felt this compelled by a tv show since Breaking Bad. Acting, Writing and Directing are top notch! Full Review »
  3. Jul 20, 2013
    10
    This is not another cops and robber TV show. This show goes much deeper than "Bang, bang! Shoot 'em up!" deeper. It delves into the stereotypes Mexicans and Americans have about each other. It also has, as a main character, a person with Asperger Syndrome. Such casting educates society as to what Asperger is. It is so much more than a cops and robbers TV show. Full Review »