World-travelling National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid and Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson 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. Academy Award winners Meryl Streep (earning her 10th Oscar nomination for this performance) and Clint Eastwood (who also produces and directs) bring blazing starpower and powerful conviction to the beloved characters of Robert James Waller's rhapsodic bestseller of love, choice and consequence. 'Streep and Eastwood are so visually and spiritually right they seem to have walked right off the page,' Entertainment Weekly proclaims. Also right are the small details and large emotions of once-in-a-lifetime love. With luck, a love like that happens to some of us sooner or later. For Robert and Francesca, it was later. And it was glorious.
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- The Bridges of Madison County review by JD
There are some truly great things about this film and some weaknesses. The romantic plot is pretty obvious and not particularly intriguing. There are two layers to the tale the second layer (the present) is even more telescoped. There did not seem to be any chemistry between the main characters and the pivotal scenes were overplayed. The strengths are the feel of the film. It has a wonderfully genuine early 20th century American "smell". I think Clint plays the emotional moments better than Streep, though I did not empathise with the characters. The awards in my opinion should have gone to the cinematography department not Streep.