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The Natural

Robert Redford stars in the inspiring fable of a baseball player's major league dreams and the mysterious woman who shatters them.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Sappy baseball flick makes grown men cry.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie features racketeering, sex, (unwitting) parental abandonment, and a singular violent scene. With no nudity or extreme language, and only glimpses of blood, the director relies on suggestions and allusions to the King Arthur legend that will probably go over tweens' heads.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about morals in face of pressure (refusal to be on the "take," rejecting a temptress for a childhood sweetheart). The "scandals" of the movie may seem tame today, and can be explained that they were problematic for a public sports hero at the time. A discerning viewer may be more troubled by the anachronistic head of hair on Robert Redford -- the only landscape in the film that defies the aesthetic conventions of the 1930's.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: ...silly, repetitive, episodic, mannered...

- Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central, Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rotten: Jammed full with cliches, The Natural never misses a chance to manipulate the audience

- Christopher Null,, Monday, May 14, 2007


- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

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 best.

- flixsterman, Friday, November 12, 2010

4 stars

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 true American Dream. Robert Redford really did a great job as Roy Hobbs, a character that has your heart from the moment he appears onscreen. The story is extremely well told with a truly beautiful late thirties backdrop. You don't have to be a baseball fan or a sports fan period to love this movie and feel a sense of attachment to it, that's how strong it is.

- ythelastman89, Sunday, November 28, 2010

4 stars

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 characters are always so real, and even if his movies ever seem a bit cheesy or clichd, it's impossible not to become emotionally attached. This movie invented the "baseball in a wheat field" shot, and it's possibly the best sports movie ever made.

- danperry17, Monday, September 3, 2007