Natural Selection


Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Mar 13, 2012
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Mar 12, 2012
    This filmed-in-Texas road movie finds a smooth groove between self-conscious quirkiness and broadly played farce.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jul 13, 2012
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Jun 21, 2012
    However gritty this indie comedy may look (cinematographer Steve Calitri seems to be aping William Eggleston's photographs of the American south), it isn't all that different from an Adam Sandler vehicle: writer-director Robbie Pickering spends much of the movie mocking his characters' stupidity, then pulls an about-face with a sentimental conclusion that feels unearned.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 15, 2012
    Aside from Ms. Harris's performance, the main reason to recommend Natural Selection - very conditionally - is that its creator clearly has talent. He simply lacked the resources to make the movie he envisioned.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 12, 2012
    As cartoonish as much of this is, Pickering's story is refreshing in its refusal to paint all Christians with the same brush,
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 13, 2012
    This writer-director still has some evolving to do.

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