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%
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88%



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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Variety Staff
Variety

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

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Yasser Medina
Cinemaficionados

Barry Levinson's 'The Natural' is a sports drama that gives me a pleasant time for two hours that roll like a pitcher's fastball in the postseason. [Full review in Spanish]

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Empire Magazine

An otherwise fine sports fantasy is dragged down by an overindulgence in sentimentality.

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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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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

When "The Natural" opened in 1984, I thought it was the best baseball movie ever made. Thirty-six years later (and after countless "Bull Durham" reruns), I find it falls far short of that original designation, but it's still got merit.

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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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Peter Albert
Common Sense Media

The lead's unwavering integrity is the movie's heart: The Natural does not glamorize vice but triumphs over it with a wholesome finale.

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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