The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)



Critic Consensus: Despite the talent involved in The Legend of Bagger Vance, performances are hindered by an inadequate screenplay full of flat characters and bad dialogue. Also, not much happens, and some critics are offended by how the film glosses over issues of racism.

Movie Info

Set against the backdrop of a golf tournament in 1930's Georgia where a white war hero is competing for the championship with the help of his black caddie, Bagger Vance, who possesses the secret of the perfect swing.

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard LaGravenese, Jeremy Leven
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 3, 2001
Box Office: $30.4M
DreamWorks SKG - Official Site


as Rannulph

as Bagger Vance

as Grantland

as Neskaloosa

as O.B. Keeler

as Douglas

as McManus

as Laidlaw

as Delahunty

as Idalyn Greaves

as Eugene James

as Wilbur Charles

as Mary Jones

as Citizen

as Citizen

as Card Player

as Card Player

as Card Player

as Card Player

as Man No. 1

as Man No. 2

as Woman No. 1

as Girl No. 1

as News Photographer

as Willy

as Sonny the Boarder

as Photographer

as Anna Mae

as Hagen Girl

as Bar Patron

as Bar Patron

as Bar Patron

as Jones' Caddy

as Hagen's Caddy

as Narrator, Old Hardy ...
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Bagger Vance

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (36)

Another lusciously produced, emotionally clammy Redford enterprise -- forced, phony mythmaking filled with tinged sunsets and full moons.

Full Review… | May 21, 2001
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It handles a sports movie the way Billie Holiday handled a trashy song, by finding the love and pain beneath the story.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Some people will find it simplistic and cliched.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Benign, banal, and sometimes boring inspirational drama.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Accepting the zen of golf is easy. It's The Legend of Bagger Vance and a callow Will Smith as a mystical golf guru that's hard to swallow.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004

Instead of taking on a life of its own, Redford's film reminds you of ones you've seen before. Legends deserve better.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Bagger Vance

This is one of those films where every critic has enjoyed it, but it fails to truly capture your imagination. The film is good and is entertaining, but it falls short of what it could have been a truly engaging experience. The movie is directed by Robert Redford who crafts a film that relies on traditional feel good elements to make a film that work, but falls short of its potential. The cast do what they can with the material and they make it a worthwhile film to watch. The plot is quite good, but at times it just becomes too sentimental. Some may really love it, and relate to the material, but I felt it tried too hard in being something more. With that being said, this is not a masterwork by any means. It's a good film, but one that should have been much better due to the fact that it had an impressive cast of talent, not to mention it was directed by Robert Redford. I expected much more from this film, and though it's entertaining, it becomes a film that should been much more. If the script would have had a few rewrites, then maybe this one would have worked in the way it should have. As it is, it's a film that is too sentimental and tries too hard at making you feel good, while it should do it effortlessly. The film is no different than others in the genre. Average entertainment, but is not a standout and leaves you wanting more out of a film. The Legend of Bagger Vance is worth seeing, but by the times the credit roll, you realize that you want more in a film with this amount of talent involved.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


completely absurd, but a guilty pleasure of mine. smith and damon played off of each other so well and theron has never been sexier in a film, really a silly but fun movie.

danny d

Super Reviewer

Extremely bland even for it being a golf movie. The acting was just average, no one gave a standout performance. Robert Redford really tried here, but it just didn't pan out. There just wasn't a strong enough story to carry a movie. It's also incredibly corny at times.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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