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Natural Selection Reviews

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Alonso Duralde
March 16, 2012
A mostly contrived comedy whose only real reason for existence is to provide a platform for Rachael Harris to give a true and lovely performance as a middle-age frump who blossoms among the truck stops and the Motel 6es.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
July 3, 2012
Harris gives it her all, despite Pickering's inability to steer a vehicle worthy of her talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
July 29, 2012
A cracked road trip, marked by a pair of arresting leads turns, shot through with good intention but lacking in either deft enough execution or a tonal commitment one way or another that would tip it toward honest recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 14, 2012
Lame indie comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 15, 2012
Its creator clearly has talent. He simply lacked the resources to make the movie he envisioned.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
July 5, 2012
[Harris is] the one good thing in "Natural Selection."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 13, 2012
In the evolutionary spectrum of cinema, "Natural Selection" is like the duck-billed platypus, pretending to be warm-blooded but more than a little fowl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 1, 2012
A commendable ultra-low budget indie road trip flick, "Natural Selection" fails to fire on all cylinders.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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David Fear
Time Out
March 13, 2012
Couldn't be more clumsily obvious in its narrative setup or more flavorless in its lo-fi Americana tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris French
Paste Magazine
March 15, 2012
A violent, witty, heart-wrenching and, most of all, awkward tale of one woman's travels to places beyond her own -- places that are painful and depressed, yet intoxicating with excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.3/10
Michael Nordine
Slant Magazine
March 11, 2012
Natural Selection works because what it documents is less a transformation and more a return to a former, more natural state for its troubled protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Miraudo
August 17, 2011
Natural Selection is all about the conflict between our animalistic human urges and our devotion to religious beliefs, and [Director Robbie] Pickering succeeds in telling a truly odd tale with pitch-perfect tonal precision.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 21, 2012
However gritty this indie comedy may look (cinematographer Steve Calitri seems to be aping William Eggleston's photographs of the American south), it isn't all that different from an Adam Sandler vehicle.
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
May 2, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2012
[Harris is] the big reason that "Natural Selection" is so engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 25, 2012
This movie demonstrates that it's a pretty rough place out there in Flyover Land. Harris and O'Leary are up to the challenge, and Natural Selection is a pleasant surprise.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 30, 2012
The loser junkie and the chaste Christian lady make an odd couple, in an odd film, but the oddity gives way to an effortless, persuasive charm. They give us something to believe in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2012
A coming-of-age portrait of a sweet, innocent, middle-aged Christian woman who bursts through the confines of a sexless marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
March 15, 2012
It'd be easy to thread this story through with condescension, but instead, it's modest and compassionate, a midlife awakening for a woman long out of touch with her own needs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2012
In Harris' hands, Linda is guileless but believable, her smile so worn and wary that it almost hurts to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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