Natural Selection Reviews

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.
July 5, 2012
[Harris is] the one good thing in "Natural Selection."
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.
June 21, 2012
[Harris is] the big reason that "Natural Selection" is so engaging.
May 17, 2012
In Harris' hands, Linda is guileless but believable, her smile so worn and wary that it almost hurts to see it.
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.
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.
March 16, 2012
Natural Selection ticks all the boxes with a firm grip. Its opening alone is a lovely cinematic coup.
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.
March 16, 2012
Credit Pickering's deft script for avoiding the usual clichd speed bumps, though sex and lies are on the menu.
March 15, 2012
Its creator clearly has talent. He simply lacked the resources to make the movie he envisioned.
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.
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.
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.
March 14, 2012
Stay tuned, however, for more from up-and-comer Pickering. The movie firmly puts him on the map.
March 14, 2012
Modest road-film comedy goes to extremes to liberate its middle-aged heroine from an ultra-conservative household.
March 13, 2012
Couldn't be more clumsily obvious in its narrative setup or more flavorless in its lo-fi Americana tone.
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.