88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Linda is a truly good woman, and Rachael Harris' performance illuminates Natural Selection.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
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.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
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.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Michael Nordine
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.
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60

Village Voice

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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50

The Hollywood Reporter

As cartoonish as much of this is, Pickering's story is refreshing in its refusal to paint all Christians with the same brush,
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50

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
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.
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40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
This writer-director still has some evolving to do.
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25

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
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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57 out of 100
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