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The Natural Reviews

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May 6, 2014
The scouting report on The Natural has to read: lots of tools but no heart.
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
March 18, 2007
Jammed full with cliches, The Natural never misses a chance to manipulate the audience
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
July 13, 2010
...silly, repetitive, episodic, mannered...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 20, 2003
Though entertaining in short stretches, The Natural has no recognizable character of its own.
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.
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.
October 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 9, 2002
Arguably the best baseball movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2001
A nearly perfect combination of superb acting, brilliantly sweet screenwriting and a director at the top of his game.
Read More | Original Score: 93/100
September 17, 2002
Doesn't quite hit a home run, but a nice try
| Original Score: 3/5
August 10, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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
August 20, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
August 16, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
March 21, 2007
The Natural is an impeccably made, but quite strange, fable about success and failure in America.
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2001
...basks in a kind of golden mythic glow that isn't often seen in movies anymore, making it a film that's hard for anyone but the most flint nosed to resist.
Read More | Original Score: 7/10
September 19, 2002
One of the true great baseball films
| Original Score: 5/5
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