Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. 88
    It handles a sports movie the way Billie Holiday handled a trashy song, by finding the love and pain beneath the story.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 5, 2011
    It's a beautifully romantic story based on a Steven Pressfield novel that uses a Depression-era exhibition golf tournament set in the heart if the South to tell the story of how war-scarred onetime hometown idol Rannulph Junuh (Damon) found his golf game again, and in the process, himself. Damon takes alternate turns being likable and frustrating as the promising local gold champ who leaves everything behind, including Adele Invergordon (Theron), the woman who loves him, to go to war only to disappear. But the jewel of the film is Smith's role as Junuh's inflappable caddy, Bagger Dance. Smith displays none of his trademark swagger, instead acting as a mythical advisor who knows the secrets of life but also has the wisdom to know that each man must discover those secrets for himself. J. Michael Moncrief is the adorable young boy who never stops believing in Junuh and the character through whose eyes the story is told. Jack Lemmon provides the narration. Theron is beautiful as always and navigates the tricky role of abandoned fiancee who in spite of waiting for ten long years without any word, never stopped loving her man. Redford's direction is gentle, reverent and steeped in the romance of the South and the game of golf. The cinematography highlights the natural beauty of the greens. Full Review »
  2. Nov 12, 2013
    Robert Redford directs an inspirational creation of patience and precision.
    The Legend of Bagger Vance excels with mythic performances from
    Matt Damon and Charlize Theron. Full Review »
  3. Sep 6, 2013
    There are few movies that capture such a pure magical feeling with story, performance, cinematography, costuming and music that transcend subject matter, in this case golf, so that one can be mesmerized by the beauty of the story. Some critics have called it predictable, as if they expected to see a film with disfunctional people or explosive and mind-numbing plot twists. This is a simpe story told with exceptional creativity. Period. Full Review »