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Natural Selection Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
March 20, 2013
Previously cornered in mousy or sarcastic roles, Harris is challenged by Natural Selection, bringing out the best in the actress, who I hope is offered more juicy dramatic opportunities like this.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 21, 2012
However gritty this indie comedy may look (cinematographer Steve Calitri seems to be aping William Eggleston's photographs of the American south), it isn't all that different from an Adam Sandler vehicle.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2012
[Harris is] the big reason that "Natural Selection" is so engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2012
In Harris' hands, Linda is guileless but believable, her smile so worn and wary that it almost hurts to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 5, 2012
A skilful mixture of comedy and drama makes this the kind of film that keeps us off balance from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
May 2, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2012
A coming-of-age portrait of a sweet, innocent, middle-aged Christian woman who bursts through the confines of a sexless marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 25, 2012
This movie demonstrates that it's a pretty rough place out there in Flyover Land. Harris and O'Leary are up to the challenge, and Natural Selection is a pleasant surprise.
Dan Lybarger
MovieMaker Magazine
April 2, 2012
Pickering has made a movie that mercilessly pokes fun at religious pretensions but still looks on his characters with warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 30, 2012
The loser junkie and the chaste Christian lady make an odd couple, in an odd film, but the oddity gives way to an effortless, persuasive charm. They give us something to believe in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Shoard
Guardian
March 16, 2012
Natural Selection ticks all the boxes with a firm grip. Its opening alone is a lovely cinematic coup.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 16, 2012
Credit Pickering's deft script for avoiding the usual clichéd speed bumps, though sex and lies are on the menu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris French
Paste Magazine
March 15, 2012
A violent, witty, heart-wrenching and, most of all, awkward tale of one woman's travels to places beyond her own -- places that are painful and depressed, yet intoxicating with excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.3/10
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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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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
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