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The Legend of Bagger Vance Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There's not a moment in Bagger Vance that can't be anticipated.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Molasses-paced fable.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Though it's sweet and likable to a fault, it's also a movie that never seems heartfelt or deep.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It handles a sports movie the way Billie Holiday handled a trashy song, by finding the love and pain beneath the story.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 12 & under

Some people will find it simplistic and cliched.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a brief but bloody battle scene, brief mild language, brief sexual references, and inexplicit sexual situations. A woman offers to trade a man sex for a favor. She does not go through with it, even though it is clear that she loves him, in fact, probably because she loves him. A man commits suicide (off-camera). Junuh abuses alcohol in an attempt to forget his experiences and his pain.

  • Families can talk about the differences in how the characters when things go badly. Older kids may want to talk about the potential racism inherent in assigning a sort of magical "otherness" to the lone black character. Families can also talk about how this movie shows the importance of integrity, and about how we find our own "authentic swings," the ones that our hands know before our heads do.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Tension, brief but brutal battle scenes in WWI flashback, off-camera suicide.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, including a proposal to trade sex for a favor.

  • language false2

    Language: Brief mild language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Character abuses alcohol, drinking and smoking.