A River Runs Through It
A River Runs Through It (1992)

Robert Redford's lyrical direction sets the tone for this evocative adaptation of author Norman MacLean's memoir of his idyllic Montana youth. The MacLean family is presided over by the strict but encouraging Rev. MacLean (Tom… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 9, 1992
DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tasteful to a fault, this period drama combines a talented cast (including a young Brad Pitt) with some stately, beautifully filmed work from director Robert Redford.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Redford directs with a fluid grace... to capture the idyllic, light-drenched aura of Maclean's early childhood memories. Even the seemingly unexciting fly-fishing sequences take on a magical air worthy of Spielberg.

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David Ansen

Redford does an honorable job emulating the author's unsentimental, laconically witty style. A River Runs Through It is made with reverence and taste, but it only fitfully comes fully alive as a film.

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Vanessa Letts
The Spectator

The film is blighted by an inability to break free from its source.

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Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)

Redford remains a fine director of actors. With Brad Pitt, who gives a particularly good performance, he is dealing moreover with an actor whose handsomeness is reminiscent of his own at that age.

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Variety Staff

A skilled, careful adaptation of a much-admired story.

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Malcolm Johnson
Hartford Courant

Redford's heartfelt yet unfulfilled film feels more watered-down than haunting.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Moving, powerful movie of two brothers.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This may work for you if you settle at the outset for a nostalgic, all-American mood piece.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Sherritt has been in a lot of movies, but the role of Rev. Maclean seems like one he was born to play. He owns it, the way that Pitt and Sheffer own theirs, and as a result it takes no time at all to believe this group as a family and become involved.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
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… More
Corey Wood
I can't see whats not to like about this film. Sure, we've seen it a million times but "A River Runs Through It" works like no other. The… More
Spencer Macklin
Absolutely breathtaking cinematography more than makes up for a less-than riveting storyline. A young Brad Pitt shines as well.
Conner Rainwater
It was a mildly interesting movie that had about one decent performance. Brad Pitt made a great effort and seemed to be the only one that tried. Other than… More
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
Jason Owens
Awesome movie that's very reminiscent of another of Pitt's films that would come later, "Legends of the Fall."