The Natural Reviews

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March 19, 2013
Being a baseball fan involves repeatedly experiencing exquisite pain and exquisite joy. Well, there's a lot of both in The Natural.
March 21, 2011
Levinson must have felt he had to swing for the fences. He can be forgiven for choking up with all The Natural's fans looking on dubiously. In fairness, the official scorer must credit him with a single. And Redford with an RBI.
March 21, 2007
The Natural is an impeccably made, but quite strange, fable about success and failure in America.
March 21, 2007
I've just about had it with directors who use the mythic mode as an alibi for unshaded characterizations, simpleminded plotting, and swells of artificial emotionality.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Let yourself go and be rewarded by the sight of a hero running home to victory through clouds of fire.
October 23, 2004
The message is: Baseball is purely and simply a matter of divine intervention. At about the 130-minute mark, I got the idea that God's only begotten son was playing right field for the New York team.
October 19, 2017
The allure of second chances speaks to anyone's hope for redemption, in any stage of their life. In The Natural, Roy Hobbs's second chance ... is realized at a stage when the character is inching toward the point of no return.
April 26, 2015
It's all very corny and much of it's almost alarmingly overbaked... Yet it works.
May 6, 2014
The scouting report on The Natural has to read: lots of tools but no heart.
May 6, 2014
If you can suspend disbelief and let yourself be drawn into the movie, you'll be rewarded with an emotional and heart-warming experience that will have you cheering.
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