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The Natural Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 26, 2015
It's all very corny and much of it's almost alarmingly overbaked... Yet it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
May 6, 2014
The scouting report on The Natural has to read: lots of tools but no heart.
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
August 20, 2011
Barry Levinson deviates considerably from the wry, ironic tone of Malamud's novel, and if the film is mildly enjoyable it's due to the acting of the supporting cast and polished production values.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

Empire Magazine
March 25, 2011
An otherwise fine sports fantasy is dragged down by an overindulgence in sentimentality.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
July 13, 2010
...silly, repetitive, episodic, mannered...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 14, 2010
unabashedly sentimental and grand in its themes of goodness, honor, tenacity, and forgiveness
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

August 1, 2008
No popped-up fly doubles. Just wham, bam, home run. Get the picture?
Josh Larsen
June 9, 2008
Robert Redford isn't playing a 1930s baseball hero ... he's playing an instrument of God.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

TV Guide
March 21, 2007
Somewhat overly sentimental, lacking the novel's subtlety, and less interesting when the action leaves the ball park, Barry Levinson's beautifully shot film is nonetheless a charming fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
March 21, 2007
The Natural is an impeccably made, but quite strange, fable about success and failure in America.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
Christopher Null
March 18, 2007
Jammed full with cliches, The Natural never misses a chance to manipulate the audience
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Let yourself go and be rewarded by the sight of a hero running home to victory through clouds of fire.
Chuck O'Leary
September 27, 2005
A mature and elegiac fantasy done with feeling and sincerity that really captures the mystique of old-time baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
July 14, 2004
The most sentimental movie you needn't be ashamed to love.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Though entertaining in short stretches, The Natural has no recognizable character of its own.
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