The Natural
The Natural (1984)

Nothing was going to stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball superstardom. 14-year-old Hobbs fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impresses major league scouts with his ability, fixing his… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 11, 1984
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though heavy with sentiment, The Natural is an irresistible classic, and a sincere testament to America's national pastime.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Being a baseball fan involves repeatedly experiencing exquisite pain and exquisite joy. Well, there's a lot of both in The Natural.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Michael Farrell
Buffalo News

The allure of second chances speaks to anyone's hope for redemption, in any stage of their life. In The Natural, Roy Hobbs's second chance ... is realized at a stage when the character is inching toward the point of no return.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Time Out

Let yourself go and be rewarded by the sight of a hero running home to victory through clouds of fire.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's all very corny and much of it's almost alarmingly overbaked... Yet it works.

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Variety Staff

The Natural is an impeccably made, but quite strange, fable about success and failure in America.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

The scouting report on The Natural has to read: lots of tools but no heart.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
He lived for a dream that wouldn't die. Saw it again! Probably one of the best baseball movies ever made. Robert Redford nail his role as Roy Hobbs,… More
Randy Tippy
Quintessential sports movie with something for fans and non-fans alike. Hobbs rounding the bases in a shower of electrical sparks is iconic cinema at it's… More
Michael Gildea
I won't call The Natural a bad movie but that doesn't mean I'm going to say that it lives up to its almost mythic status as a truly great movie.… More
Devon Bott
Norse mythology, Greek mythology and even stories from the bible all lend themselves well to baseball, a sport that has been steeped in myth since it's… More
Conner Rainwater
I remembered this being a childhood favorite, but I hadn't seen it for a long time. It has even gotten better with age, being such a classic example of a… More
Daniel Perry
Just an absolute classic, start to finish. Great performances from so many big names, again showing Levinson's ability to capture humanity on film. His… More