The Natural Reviews

May 6, 2014
The scouting report on The Natural has to read: lots of tools but no heart.
July 13, 2010
...silly, repetitive, episodic, mannered...
June 9, 2008
Robert Redford isn't playing a 1930s baseball hero ... he's playing an instrument of God.
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.
March 18, 2007
Jammed full with cliches, The Natural never misses a chance to manipulate the audience
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.
May 20, 2003
Though entertaining in short stretches, The Natural has no recognizable character of its own.