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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Being a baseball fan involves repeatedly experiencing exquisite pain and exquisite joy. Well, there's a lot of both in The Natural."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The scouting report on The Natural has to read: lots of tools but no heart."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"An otherwise fine sports fantasy is dragged down by an overindulgence in sentimentality."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"No popped-up fly doubles. Just wham, bam, home run. Get the picture?"
‑ , Film4
"Levinson must have felt he had to swing for the fences. He can be forgiven for choking up with all The Natural's fans looking on dubiously. In fairness, the official scorer must credit him with a single. And Redford with an RBI."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Let yourself go and be rewarded by the sight of a hero running home to victory through clouds of fire."
‑ , Time Out
"If you can suspend disbelief and let yourself be drawn into the movie, you'll be rewarded with an emotional and heart-warming experience that will have you cheering."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
"...silly, repetitive, episodic, mannered..."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Robert Redford isn't playing a 1930s baseball hero ... he's playing an instrument of God."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"The Natural is an impeccably made, but quite strange, fable about success and failure in America."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Barry Levinson deviates considerably from the wry, ironic tone of Malamud's novel, and if the film is mildly enjoyable it's due to the acting of the supporting cast and polished production values."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"unabashedly sentimental and grand in its themes of goodness, honor, tenacity, and forgiveness"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Somewhat overly sentimental, lacking the novel's subtlety, and less interesting when the action leaves the ball park, Barry Levinson's beautifully shot film is nonetheless a charming fairy tale."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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