The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood)

Rating: 2.5

Sure, it's a lot better than the the hell could it not be?  
(No, I haven't read it, but I have hooted over passages chosen at random, 
as my ever-patient friends will attest.)  And the lead performances are 
first-rate--Streep is getting the lion's share of attention, and she's 
great, but I'd like to mention that I found Eastwood equally impressive, 
in a nearly unplayable role.  Still, the film doesn't quite manage to 
rise above its origin as sentimental pap.  Features the stupidest framing 
device in cinema history.