The Legend of Bagger Vance
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Robert Redford directed this adaptation of a novel by Steven Pressfield that uses golf as a metaphor for one man's spiritual and philosophical journeys. Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) was a gifted amateur golfer from Savannah, GA, until traumatic experiences during World War I shattered his confidence and sent him into a spiral of alcoholism. In 1931, Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron), a beautiful heiress who once loved Junuh, inherits a spectacular but financially ailing golf course after the suicide of her father. To attract customers, she proposed a high-stakes match between the two most… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

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"Another lusciously produced, emotionally clammy Redford enterprise -- forced, phony mythmaking filled with tinged sunsets and full moons."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"It handles a sports movie the way Billie Holiday handled a trashy song, by finding the love and pain beneath the story."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Benign, banal, and sometimes boring inspirational drama."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
"The movie does contain some heartfelt performances."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Eastern theology suffers the same fate as Western theology in today's Hollywood, which gave God a minimal role in The Prince of Egypt."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"It offers pleasures of a kind that fewer and fewer films even seem to remember, much less aspire to."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"[Redford] turns a solitary, often romanticized sport into a shimmering life metaphor."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Accepting the zen of golf is easy. It's The Legend of Bagger Vance and a callow Will Smith as a mystical golf guru that's hard to swallow."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Sit this one out. Please."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"... most decidedly a fantasy, and the rules for fantasy are that the controlling intelligence behind the fantasy gets to change the rules at any time"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A lightweight, modestly engaging yarn."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Some people will find it simplistic and cliched."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Instead of taking on a life of its own, Redford's film reminds you of ones you've seen before. Legends deserve better."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"Uplifting feel-good drama from director Robert Redford - chock-full of flaws and easy to criticize, but nonetheless enjoyable."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Robert Redford's beguiling drama reminds us even the most hopeless causes can be turned around through the power of positive thinking and perserverance, if we're willing to embrace the possibility of success instead of the probability of failure."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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