The Legend of Bagger Vance
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

Set against the backdrop of a golf tournament in 1930's Georgia where a white war hero is competing for the championship with the help of his black caddie, Bagger Vance, who possesses the secret of the perfect swing.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 3, 2000
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite the talent involved in The Legend of Bagger Vance, performances are hindered by an inadequate screenplay full of flat characters and bad dialogue. Also, not much happens, and some critics are offended by how the film glosses over issues of racism.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Another lusciously produced, emotionally clammy Redford enterprise -- forced, phony mythmaking filled with tinged sunsets and full moons.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe

It offers pleasures of a kind that fewer and fewer films even seem to remember, much less aspire to.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Some people will find it simplistic and cliched.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Though it's sweet and likable to a fault, it's also a movie that never seems heartfelt or deep.

Todd McCarthy

A lightweight, modestly engaging yarn.

Michael Dequina
Film Threat

Benign, banal, and sometimes boring inspirational drama.

Paul Tatara

Much of what happens, regardless of whether its supposed to be touched by magic, seems patently phony.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It handles a sports movie the way Billie Holiday handled a trashy song, by finding the love and pain beneath the story.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
This is one of those films where every critic has enjoyed it, but it fails to truly capture your imagination. The film is good and is entertaining, but it falls… More
Wahida K
Some Things Can't Be Learned. They Must Be Remembered.
danny d
completely absurd, but a guilty pleasure of mine. smith and damon played off of each other so well and theron has never been sexier in a film, really a silly… More
Jason Owens
Like many movies that have come before it, "The Legend of Bagger Vance" succeeds in being a great sports movie with a much deeper overall meaning.… More
Conner Rainwater
Extremely bland even for it being a golf movie. The acting was just average, no one gave a standout performance. Robert Redford really tried here, but it just… More
Jason Spencer
I kinda liked it. I don't know if I'll ever watch it again but it was a decent watch.