Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)




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Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (played by real-life "Mr. and Mrs." Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward) are well-to-do residents of Kansas City in the 1940s. So far as the Bridges are concerned, however, it's the 1920s, with Mr. Bridge treating his wife like property, regarding his grown children as if they're still adolescents, and habitually voting against that upstart Roosevelt. Though the underlying painfulness of such an archaic arrangement is never ignored, Mr. Bridges' obstinacy is for the most part amusing. The scene that seemed to please the audience most was the one in which Mr. Bridge orders Mrs. Bridge not to leave their table at their country club despite tornado warnings (they sit quietly in the deserted dining room while the building shakes and shudders). As for Mrs. Bridge, her "life" is totally defined by those around her--which in any other film would be a tragedy, but which here seems a logical extension of all that's gone before. Based on two separate novels by Evan S. Connell, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge is a rare excursion into Americana by the Ismail Merchant-James Ivory team.


Paul Newman
as Walter Bridge
Joanne Woodward
as India Bridge
Robert Sean Leonard
as Adult Douglas Bridge
Kyra Sedgwick
as Ruth Bridge
Margaret Welsh
as Carolyn Bridge
Simon Callow
as Dr. Sauer
Malachy McCourt
as Dr. Forster
Austin Pendleton
as Mr. Gadbury
Gale Garnett
as Mabel Ong
Marcus Giamatti
as Gil Davis
Remak Ramsay
as Virgil Barron
Robyn Rosenfeld
as Genevieve
Hubert Saint-Macary
as Copyist in the Louvre
Nora Denney
as Second Bridge Player
Tom Hall
as Aztec Room Waiter
Melissa Newman
as Young India at the Pool
Richard Ross
as Jazz Musician
Roch Leibovici
as Watch Seller on the Quai
Robert Levine
as Avrum Rhinegold
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Critic Reviews for Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

Great period character study with Newman and Woodward in very good form.

February 18, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Slow and lacking much drama, even by Merchant-Ivory standards, but the lead performances, especially by Newman, are impeccable.

August 17, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Excellent performances, uneventful story

December 21, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

slow and distant

September 9, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Admirably portrays the different seasons in the long marriage of a Midwestern couple.

March 16, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

Here is the Hollywood couple that defy typical Hollywood relationships - Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. It is a slowly evolving story but the performances of the two leads keep it interesting.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

The Newmans acquit themselves well here especially Joanne Woodward but it all moves just a little too slow and several of the characters in particular their son are impossible to warm to.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Good performances, but very slow.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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