Natural Selection Reviews

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Alison Willmore
AV Club
March 15, 2012
It'd be easy to thread this story through with condescension, but instead, it's modest and compassionate, a midlife awakening for a woman long out of touch with her own needs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 14, 2012
An engagingly offbeat comedy that respects its characters too much to push too hard for easy laughs, even when those characters risk making complete fools of themselves.
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 14, 2012
I'm still reeling at how high a level of difficulty this film worked at, with its bold tonal shifts, meshing of truly dark material and spastic physical comedy.
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
March 14, 2012
Stay tuned, however, for more from up-and-comer Pickering. The movie firmly puts him on the map.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 14, 2012
Modest road-film comedy goes to extremes to liberate its middle-aged heroine from an ultra-conservative household.
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David Fear
Time Out
March 13, 2012
Couldn't be more clumsily obvious in its narrative setup or more flavorless in its lo-fi Americana tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
March 13, 2012
Natural Selection mixes elements of Transamerica and the recent Higher Ground to tell the story of how a God-fearing fortysomething woman found the greatest love of all.
Michael Nordine
Slant Magazine
March 11, 2012
Natural Selection works because what it documents is less a transformation and more a return to a former, more natural state for its troubled protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
August 17, 2011
Natural Selection is all about the conflict between our animalistic human urges and our devotion to religious beliefs, and [Director Robbie] Pickering succeeds in telling a truly odd tale with pitch-perfect tonal precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fred Topel
Screen Junkies
June 23, 2011
A really beautiful performance by Harris. That's a revelation to some people but I never doubted she had it in her. Why wouldn't a successful comedian be an all around engaging thespian?
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
May 2, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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