Natural Selection Reviews

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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
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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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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.
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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
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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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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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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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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 16, 2012
Credit Pickering's deft script for avoiding the usual clichéd speed bumps, though sex and lies are on the menu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 14, 2012
An engagingly offbeat comedy that respects its characters too much to push too hard for easy laughs, even when those characters risk making complete fools of themselves.
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 14, 2012
I'm still reeling at how high a level of difficulty this film worked at, with its bold tonal shifts, meshing of truly dark material and spastic physical comedy.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 14, 2012
Modest road-film comedy goes to extremes to liberate its middle-aged heroine from an ultra-conservative household.
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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
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
March 13, 2012
Natural Selection mixes elements of Transamerica and the recent Higher Ground to tell the story of how a God-fearing fortysomething woman found the greatest love of all.