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57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jul 5, 2012
    25
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Jun 21, 2012
    50
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 20, 2012
    88
    Linda is a truly good woman, and Rachael Harris' performance illuminates Natural Selection.
  4. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 17, 2012
    70
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 15, 2012
    75
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Apr 26, 2012
    75
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Mar 11, 2012
    63
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jul 13, 2012
    50
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Mar 14, 2012
    75
    A generous, unguarded performance from Rachael Harris cuts through the cuteness of a quirky premise in Natural Selection.
  10. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 12, 2012
    50
    As cartoonish as much of this is, Pickering's story is refreshing in its refusal to paint all Christians with the same brush,
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 15, 2012
    50
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 13, 2012
    40
    This writer-director still has some evolving to do.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Mar 12, 2012
    60
    This filmed-in-Texas road movie finds a smooth groove between self-conscious quirkiness and broadly played farce.
  14. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Mar 13, 2012
    60
    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.

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