The Natural Reviews

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July 15, 2020
The script is one shockingly drab line after another, and nothing in the expensive 1930s period design can cover up the shabbiness of the moviemaking.
July 15, 2020
The lead's unwavering integrity is the movie's heart: The Natural does not glamorize vice but triumphs over it with a wholesome finale.
July 15, 2020
The Natural is a mythic and mesmerizing movie about America's national pastime and the heroism of a lonely individualist.
July 15, 2020
Some of the subject matter can be grim and mature in nature, but the PG rating ensures Levinson has delivered a contemplative fairy tale for the whole family to enjoy and learn from.
April 2, 2020
Robert Redford is at his best as middle-aged rookie Roy Hobbs. But Wilford Brimley all but steals the show as crusty but laconic skipper Pop Fisher.
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.
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.
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.
March 25, 2011
An otherwise fine sports fantasy is dragged down by an overindulgence in sentimentality.
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.
July 13, 2010
...silly, repetitive, episodic, mannered...
April 14, 2010
unabashedly sentimental and grand in its themes of goodness, honor, tenacity, and forgiveness
August 1, 2008
No popped-up fly doubles. Just wham, bam, home run. Get the picture?
June 9, 2008
Robert Redford isn't playing a 1930s baseball hero ... he's playing an instrument of God.
August 16, 2007
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.
March 21, 2007
The Natural is an impeccably made, but quite strange, fable about success and failure in America.
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