The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) - Drama, Fantasy, Sport

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A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Robert Redford
Stars: Will Smith, Matt Damon
Length: 126 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 51 out of 271 found boring (18.81%)

One-line Reviews (155)

) are breathtaking; ditto the settings.

Every step of the (dull and senseless) plot is utterly predictable, if you've seen at least one sports movie.

The predictable "drama" of golf balls going into the sand trap, the water trap, the trees, and other common golf hazards routinely associated with the game.

"The Legend of Bagger Vance" is a stunning and magical journey about the sport and a few souls who are affected by it.

I mean Peter Frampton Live with Poison as an opening act dull.

Overall this is a polished film but it has nothing beyond cheap mush, sentiment and guff that often borders on the pretentious.

Incredibly stupid, dull, and cliche--It hurts to watch this flick .

Entertaining at times, but mostly predictable and trite .

It is however slow moving, and lacks the needed energy to keep up the pace for the whole 2 hours.


In summary, I would suggest this movie to anyone in search of a feel-good movie, or just would like to "slow down" for 90 minutes.

Yes, even as frantic as the story moves, it feels slow.

Its odd, confusing pacing, and 2.

The director blends an entertaining story with social messages.

Smith is enjoyable, too, making an otherwise annoyingly tricked-up character amusing at times with his sly, subtle delivery, about the only subtle thing in "Bagger Vance".

My one criticism for it would be it's almost frantic paced, yet at the same time it meanders and goes slow.

Entertaining at times, but mostly predictable and trite.

The photography is really stunning.

Everything - every last little detail - is a tired, overused cliche.

I cannot say that I find golf has quite the same dramatic punch as base ball but it was worth watching none the less.

The movie just seemed slapped together, slow, and very over dramatic.

so if you're not a golfer or not "into" golf, that might bore you.

The mystique of Will Smith's caddy is intriguing from an idealistic perspective; the same goes for Matt Damon's once-promising golfer trying to recapture the skill of his youth--only to find that it must be recreated.

Its the #1 worst movie I've seen on the big screen this year.

Satisfying And Entertaining Despite Issues Involved In It .

Besides the slowness in the beginning, it was a great movie and I recommend it.

Heart-warming and enjoyable, even to non-golfers .

When it is more serious or intense it shows the actors close up.

I enjoyed it.

So, having exhausted the major American sports, and in Redford's case this includes fly fishing, we turn to that most thrilling of spectacles, golf.

"Bagger Vance" is exuberant, lofty, loving, exciting, and meaningful.

As I left the theater I ran into an acquaintance who is an avid golfer.

As is so often the case with Redford's films, The Legend of Bagger Vance is littered with stunning shots of the beauty of nature.

Uplifting, Entertaining and Thought-Provoking .

It is totally engrossing and a bright star in the resume of Robert Redford.

Their characters act like stock characters out of central casting, and the result is a boring, plodding film in which you can't wait to reach the end.

It was completely contrived, tantamount to inserting GI Jane into Saving Private Ryan, and with a questionable result.

Dear Redford, look at Smith's smile getting more and more empty and provocative as the movie goes on, to know that (Legend of Bagger Vance) missed a lot of care to be a legend, any legend, itself.

Don't waste your money or time, people.

I think that in the simplest terms that this film is so enjoyable because of it's depiction of the real story.

While the overall success of this movie cannot be blamed on any of the acting performances or the director, this is a flat, boring movie.

I love golf, I thought this movie was a bore.

they are boring and you never quite fully understand where they were in the past to care about them in the present.

It tries so hard to be an artsy beautiful film, but for all it's pomp and stance Redford's produced a snor-a-rama with dead dull dialog.

Inspiring, and entertaining.

Rather Slow .

I highly recommend it for all.

Yeah, I'll be honest this was a little dull even with everything going for it which included Robert Redford as director, a big budget and a great cast.

- but very unexpected) that WORKS?

The Legend of Bagger Vance is a charming, unique, and fascinating piece from Robert Redford that has the potential to reach out and touch all of us.

Many will find the predictability boring and if they don't understand the game (and I don't mean the rules), they will wonder why anyone paid to have it made.

In that film, a more boring topic than gold was chosen...

The photography was stunning.

Calling a film a 'legend' is always pretentious and often out of place, and this dramatic comedy by Robert Redford is no exception.

Don't waste your time and dough.

The musical score, written by Rachel Portman, was entertaining in its own right, in addition to perfectly complimenting the film's 1930s setting.

The cinematography was very enjoyable though.

But it was slow in the beginning and Golf really isnt a good topic for a movie.

" Directed by critically acclaimed storyteller Robert Redford, this film offers much more than a suspenseful game of golf - though it certainly succeeds in that regard.

It can be a little slow at times.

You go into it thinking, it's gonna be hokey, sappy, boring, trite, etc-and no, it isn't that.

Sports Illustrated once rated this the worst movie of all time.


Enjoyable if you know what to look for .

Your trite Hollywood Movie .

Don't waste 120 minutes of your time, please.

This movie was so slow, I played a round of golf and still finished before he did.


Oh, and immensely fun and very entertaining.

Sentimentally engrossing story .

), overall effect is stilted and almost gothic, and Vance's pearls of wisdom are unbelievably banal.

a very shallow, one dimensional drab film.

The Legend of Bagger Vance is a beautiful and entertaining movie.

I really don't like golf, I find it boring, but this film shows a golf in a whole new perspective, in interesting and entertaining way, so I change my mind about it.

Some parts of the plots were far too superficial, like the romance between Junuh and Adele and the return of Junuh: when he comes back from the War he is mentally destroyed, but it is never explained why, as if the makers of the film thought that this is already such a horrible cliche that an explanation was unnecessary.

She determines to hold a challenge match between America's two greatest players to raise funds to pay off her debts and, having persuaded/tricked them into taking part in a too-contrived fashion, discovers that the townsfolk won't stand for it unless a local hero also takes part.

first of all let me tell you that I considered golf so boring and dull until i saw this movie, I gained respect for such sport.

The story itself was kinda hokey and predictable.

But everything moves so slow, especially when the game is underway.


Another reviewer said it, but it's true: This isn't a great film, but it really was entertaining.

There is a fascinating, quiet scene on the golf course with only the sound of birds and the crisp air that brings the pleasure and nature of golf closer to the audience than any narrative or dialogue or even acting performance.

A childish new-agey fable boring and predictable, full of clichés and frankly pathetic.

" While THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE does it in a most charming and entertaining way it is all about Redemption.


Most naysayers will complain that it was boring, or that they were confused about who (or what) Bagger really was.

However,it gets kind of long and drawn out towards the end,and the end outcome is pretty obvious if you think about it.

The Legend of Bagger Vance was worth watching and now I'm willing to add it to my video library.

An enjoyable watch for all, "BV" should appeal most to golfers.

Theron is stunning.

However, the two male leads are miscast, the hero's epiphanies are corny and predictable, and the "legend" part of the film is muddled with a lot of mumbo-jumbo about "seeing the field" and "play -your- game".

Dull as a 3-day golf match .

I just remember yawning and looking at my watch as my mind begin to wander, no longer was I "in the moment".

Virtually, all of Redford's films seem to have this in common: a) they have magnificent performances; b) they have three or more unforgettable sequences; and c) they are exquisitely photographed; and d) they are dominated by long stretches of background settings that are about as exciting as watching grass grow.

He seems so dull, no?

A worthless, boring and derivative waste of time.

While the film is always entertaining, the story it tells is never less than 100% predictable.

In my opinion, this movie is disjointed and clichéd.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz .

The writing felt empty and predictable.

The movie sidesteps boredom and brushes past greatness, and just cant seem to find a place of its own.

Whimsical and a little far fetched, but entertaining.

Perhaps I also liked it because I used to play golf when I was younger, so this movie reminds me of this entertaining game.

The rest of the film that I do remember is some slightly gripping golf games, a gorgeous Charlize Theron as Adele Invergordon, narration by Jack Lemmon (also playing Old Hardy Greaves), and it's directed by Robert Redford (The Horse Whisperer).

It just failed to capture me on any level; with sport, magic, love or even inspiration, it was all just very long and very bland.

Then I read some professional reviews from various magazines, etc., and heard almost nothing but that the movie was pretentious, slow, pointless, self-indulging, etc. Thank God I happened upon Ebert's review amongst all these negative ones.

The movie was also way too long.

I found everyone in the audience enjoying this thing all the way through, it is funny, touching, exciting, beautifully filmed.

This movie, with its agonizingly drawn-out 60's-style camerawork and storyline, is apparently out to, singlehandedly, undo all of Tiger Wood's work to bring golf into the mainstream of young America.

The tournament itself is very well-done if a little dragged out, and the movie concludes on a very emotional, bittersweet note.

Who would ever guess that a movie about golf could be so exciting.

Beautiful but boring .

Worth watching, at least once!

Indeed it is very pleasant,with some beautiful cinematography and engaging ,thoughtful performances.

Suffice it to say that Will Smith's portrayal of Bagger Vance is an intriguing mix of Cheech Marin in Tin Cup and Obi Wan Kanobi in Star Wars.

This star studded cast of Matt Damon, Will Smith, and Charlize Theron in there prime, along with a great supporting cast, makes this movie enjoyable for any type of movie fan.

What a waste of time.

I liked the movie even though the outcome was pretty formulaic and the ending was obvious early.

it takes far too long to get into the heart of the story, and when you do, it doesn;t really pick up pace like it drastically needed to.

The beginning of the movie disturbed me, as it seemed a bit rushed and disjointed.

" For me, this was his breakthrough performance, stunning my eyes in awe as a man who can only fire a gun all of a sudden giving a brilliant performance as a man who helps and guides another man through his problems in life.

She looks absolutely stunning.

The plot was predictable from the beginning.

Interesting and strangely fascinating old-fashioned sports melodrama .

Don't waste your time or money.

But it was entertaining enough to prevent me from rating it lower than 6.6/10

I've seen it three times and enjoyed it immensely each time.

Poor acting, slow, very slow story will have this one out of the theatres before Thanksgiving.

The character development and back stories are interesting throughout and it makes for an engaging movie.

I feel it's just such an intriguing place.

enjoyed it thoroughly!

It constantly confuses the viewer as to who is the main character, it is filled with long, deep and meaningful speeches with emotional music, mystical philosophies and more confusion as to how any of the characters work.

Very slow and predictable .

It gets a bit corny at times with the `Golf is Life' metaphors and the story is predictable, but Redford conjures fascinating characters and endows the story with a great deal of affability.

How can we listen to such a quantity of words that want to tell deep things and, on the contrary, are only a terrible mix of empty new age pseudo-zen- paranormal-poetic; and how can we do a movie without an angel?

It's just BV' s subject/plot was so dang dull.

He attempted to do the same with "The Legend of Bagger Vance," this time golf was the metaphor instead of fly fishing, but the spiritual message seemed more contrived, preachy, and hokey than in his previous work.

double yawn.

The lovely scenery, no real plot and predictability put me to sleep.

Even the golf balls moved slow.

The story held me all the way through and had many points of suspense that made the movie exciting.

The paper mache characters were a snore.

There may be games that can serve as a metaphor for life, but golf isn't one of them, and as a spectator sport it's about as exciting as watching your fingernails grow.

The story itself is uninteresting, the characters are dull and uninvolving.

It was all lost in the movie trying to make a trite Hollywood movie.

I know the story is somewhat trite and certainly has been told many ways in the past.

" Even though both movies were enjoyable, they weren't great and could not really make golf that exciting.

Yes, the plot and direction are predictable.

The positives outweigh the negatives though and if you're in the mood for a relaxing, slow paced movie with a lot of subtleties that not everyone will appreciate, you can't really go wrong with Bagger Vance.

Now this may sound pretty pretentious, but in his hands it isn't, because not only is the storyline a success; the historical context is right (Savannah in the Great Depression), and even the more philosophical utterances play their part in creating a very enjoyable and quite profound package.

Solid and entertaining .

Will Smith(inspiring), Charlize Theron(stunning beauty), Joel Gretsch (believable and charming), Matt Damon (forgetful and wrongly cast)

But the undoubtedly talented Damon and Smith are not just pin-ups: they really manage to carry the film for all of its 128 interesting, and strangely fascinating, minutes.

Subtract one or two points if you think golf is boring.

confusion .