The Legend Of Bagger Vance 2000

Critics score:
43 / 100

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Ebert & Roeper: Read more

Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News: Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: A movie that speaks well and truly to essentials in the kind of unhurried terms that most modern movies don't even dare to espouse. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: The film is visually stunning. Its images will stay with you long after their meaning has vanished. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Supernatural is not much better than subhuman: Hollywood is still, in the year 2000, disinclined to let black actors play human beings. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: [Redford] turns a solitary, often romanticized sport into a shimmering life metaphor. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: So meticulous in its craftsmanship and so earnest in its storytelling that it feels both physically and spiritually airbrushed. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: It should be noted that the movie works uncommonly well for what it is; what's aggravating is the lost opportunity. Read more

Paul Tatara, Much of what happens, regardless of whether its supposed to be touched by magic, seems patently phony. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: The principal characters, forced in the bright light of the fairway to work not just as allegory but as viable, identifiable human beings, become ludicrous. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Relies on a ritualized filmmaking style that leaches [Redford's] story of excitement. Read more

Globe and Mail: Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: It's a feel-nothing movie, too calculated and cautious to locate anything that might resemble a genuine or spontaneous life moment. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: Another lusciously produced, emotionally clammy Redford enterprise -- forced, phony mythmaking filled with tinged sunsets and full moons. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The men and women inhabiting this motion pictures are types, ciphers, and mouthpieces for slogans, not individuals we can believe in and care for. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: It handles a sports movie the way Billie Holiday handled a trashy song, by finding the love and pain beneath the story. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Most of the racial issues inherent in the setup of Bagger Vance are so painstakingly submerged that they barely register. Read more

Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle: The competition sequences on the golf links, with the splendid camera work of Michael Ballhaus, and exactly the right amount of digital tweaking, are the real revelations of this film. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: A lightweight, modestly engaging yarn. Read more

Amy Taubin, Village Voice: More mushy than mystical. Read more