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A River Runs Through It

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Academy Award®-winner Robert Redford (Best Director, Ordinary People, 1980) captures the majesty ofthe Montana wilderness and the strength of the American family in this acclaimed adaptation of Norman Maclean's classic memoir.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    83%
  • Audience Score
    84%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5

Moving, powerful movie of two brothers.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie deals with issues between adult brothers, drinking, and gambling.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how you can love someone without being able to understand or save them. Like Norman, Jessie has a brother who is self-destructive, though his part of the story is played more for comedy. In today's terms, Jessie's mother would be considered an enabler because she does not impose any limits on her son, and does not insist that he recognize the consequences of his behavior. If you were Norman, what would you have said to Paul? When? Why didn't Norman say those things? If you were Jessie, what would you say to Neal? Why was it important to have Neal's story in the movie? What does Norman mean when he says that his father saw no difference between religion and flyfishing?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Here are two things I never thought I'd say: I like a movie about fly fishing, and Robert Redford has directed one of the most ambitious, accomplished films of the year.

- Caryn James, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Fresh: A great movie to watch with the family at Christmas.

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- David Ansen, Newsweek, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This movie is about the youth and young adulthood of two brothers - set in the mountains of Montana - with fly fishing as a major component. Robert Redford is the narrator (and director). Worth watching.

- Redlats, Tuesday, May 22, 2012

4 stars

Absolutely breathtaking cinematography more than makes up for a less-than riveting storyline. A young Brad Pitt shines as well.

- fb100002891058690, Monday, November 7, 2011

3 stars

Robert Redford directs and narrates this American poem about the life of one family in early 20th century Montana. Touching and evocative, surely this is one of Redford's better films, a bittersweet toast to life itself. The casting choice of C.Sheffer, in my opinion, is where this work unfortunately falters. He seems to be wondering through the length of the film: "what am I doing in this here movie with Brad Pitt?!?"

- ApeneckFletcher, Tuesday, June 14, 2011