100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Robert Redford's sensitive, unhurried movie of A River Runs Through It is so faithful to the book that it becomes that rare thing - a beautiful celebration of the power of literature. [09 Oct 1992]
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Redford and his writer, Richard Friedenberg, understand that most of the events in any life are accidential or arbitrary, especially the crucial ones, and we can exercise little conscious control over our destinies.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is a beautifully-shot film, and director Robert Redford (who also provides the voice-over narration) has paid painstaking attention to detail.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The story is told handsomely and affectingly with images, facial expressions and body language. [16 Oct 1992]
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
It's perfectly admirable, absolutely controlled, and fully understandable. [09 Oct 1992]
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
Whatever the movie's failings, it had enough poignancy and beauty to make me want to find out what was missing. [08 Oct 1992]
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63

TV Guide

Even set against the Sierra Club beauty of Redford's Montana, it's hard to get excited by fisherman casting their lines into the water.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Though Maclean's bedrock prose is perfection in print, the film may be another case (like actor Redford's "The Great Gatsby") in which text defies translation. [09 Oct 1992]
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In relying on narration, Redford's movie is too little show and too much tell.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
A River Runs Through It emerges as hopelessly middle-brow-the kind of diluted, prettified art traditionally associated with PBS and the Academy Awards. [09 Oct 1992]
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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