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The Natural Reviews

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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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James Berardinelli
May 9, 2002
Arguably the best baseball movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4