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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Redford plays the game of filmmaking to reveal what he holds sacred: story, character, feeling, thoughtful pacing, and an alertness of nuances of honor and shame that most movies skip in the rush to the rush. show more

  • 50
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    A pleasant myth. show more

  • 63
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Molasses-paced fable. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A knuckleheaded period piece. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A temple of enlightenment posing as a movie. show more

  • 48
    Cody Clark Mr. Showbiz

    Without full-bodied characters to play, Smith and Damon are left to get by on their native charm -- something both have in considerable quantity, thankfully. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It handles a sports movie the way Billie Holiday handled a trashy song, by finding the love and pain beneath the story. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    It offers pleasures of a kind that fewer and fewer films even seem to remember, much less aspire to. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Though it's sweet and likable to a fault, it's also a movie that never seems heartfelt or deep. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    As entertaining, charming and conceited as other Robert Redford joints, but it's also insufferably obvious. show more

  • October 17, 2012 Cathe
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    back to a simpler time in humanity watching this soothing movie is like floating down a slow yet beautiful river

  • February 11, 2010 ttor1205
    Report This User

    Very bad casting. Bagger Vance should have been played by Samual L. Jackson. Director Robert Redford wouldn't know which end of the club to grip and it shows in the movie. If you read the book it's difficult to like the movie.

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