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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, Filmcritic.com, Monday, May 14, 2007
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
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
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