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  • Summary: Linda White, a devoted Christian housewife, leads a sheltered existence in suburban Texas. Her world is turned upside-down when she discovers that her dying husband, Abe, has a 23-year old illegitimate son named Raymond living in Florida. Somewhere on the edge of guilt and loneliness, Linda grants Abe's final wish and sets off on a quixotic journey to find Raymond and bring him back. Along the way, Linda's wonderfully bizarre relationship with Raymond will teach her more about herself than she ever imagined possible and force her to come to terms with her troubled past. (The Cinema Guild) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 20, 2012
    88
    Linda is a truly good woman, and Rachael Harris' performance illuminates Natural Selection.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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