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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Best known as Ed Helms' nagging fiancée in "The Hangover," Harris is just perfect without ever looking down on Linda's faith in God and herself. Her performance earns a special kind of glory. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    The results are often comical, but Pickering who made the film in tribute to his mother, the real Linda White - imbues them with faith in something, maybe dignity, maybe love, maybe just the simple human urge to keep on moving. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    As cartoonish as much of this is, Pickering's story is refreshing in its refusal to paint all Christians with the same brush, show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Linda is a truly good woman, and Rachael Harris' performance illuminates Natural Selection. show more

  • 63
    Michael Nordine Slant Magazine

    The film works because what it documents is less a transformation and more a return to a former, more natural state for its troubled protagonist. show more

  • 50
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Snark is not art. In the evolutionary spectrum of cinema, Natural Selection is like the duck-billed platypus, pretending to be warm-blooded but more than a little fowl. show more

  • 25
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    The movie has elements of road picture, social satire, and odd-couple romance, but mostly it's about lack of pacing and tone. Somewhere very (very) deep in here is a whiff of "Citizen Ruth," and who knows what Alexander Payne might have done with this material. Instead we know what writer-director Robbie Pickering has done with it, and that ain't much. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    This writer-director still has some evolving to do. show more

  • 70
    Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times

    An intriguing and intelligent first effort from indie filmmaker Robbie Pickering, digs deep into the heart of Texas for its soulful tale of small town saints and sinners and a road trip to redemption. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    Natural Selection mixes elements of "Transamerica" and the recent "Higher Ground" to tell the story of how a God-fearing fortysomething woman found the greatest love of all. show more

  • May 25, 2012 jetporkins
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    It was sad, also very good ending.

  • March 10, 2012 ar00000000116722
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    Robbie Pickering had its World Premiere at SXSW where it was well-received and earned several awards. It is sort of an odd film about the struggles of damaged people. Natural Selection could be described as partially a critique of fundamentalist religion, part road trip film, and part human tragedy. http://ginq.com

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