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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
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.
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?
Cole Smithey
August 16, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5

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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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-
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
July 14, 2004
The most sentimental movie you needn't be ashamed to love.
| Original Score: 5/5
Spence D.
IGN Movies
February 13, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 26, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
August 20, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
March 24, 2003
Sappy fun
| Original Score: 4/5
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
The cinematography is lush, the Randy Newman score is so epic that Hollywood uses it for practically every movie trailer that isn't a Chris Tucker comedy or a Shaft remake, and the period detail, and baseball scenes, are top notch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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