Most critics seem to agree that Broken Bridges is indeed broken. The film, which features country-music star Toby Keith, Kelly Preston, Burt Reynolds, Willie Nelson (in a cameo as himself), and Tess Harper, is described as a "weepy country ballad of a movie" by David Hiltbrand in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Eleanor Ringel Gillespie gives the film this "verdict" in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Keith has down-home charm and a lovely voice, but his movie's barely there."