The Legend of Bagger Vance


The Legend of Bagger Vance

Critics Consensus

Despite the talent involved in The Legend of Bagger Vance, performances are hindered by an inadequate screenplay full of flat characters and bad dialogue. Also, not much happens, and some critics are offended by how the film glosses over issues of racism.



Total Count: 130


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Set against the backdrop of a golf tournament in 1930's Georgia where a white war hero is competing for the championship with the help of his black caddie, Bagger Vance, who possesses the secret of the perfect swing.

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Matt Damon
as Rannulph
Will Smith
as Bagger Vance
Lane Smith
as Grantland
Peter Gerety
as Neskaloosa
Michael O'Neill
as O.B. Keeler
Danny Nelson
as McManus
Bob Penny
as Laidlaw
Michael McCarty
as Delahunty
Carrie Preston
as Idalyn Greaves
Turner Green
as Eugene James
Blake King
as Wilbur Charles
Andrea Powell
as Mary Jones
John Bennes
as Citizen
Shane Brown
as Citizen
Leon Lamar
as Card Player
Cory Carbaugh
as Card Player
Charles Seabrook
as Card Player
Bilaal Salaam
as Card Player
Charles Ward
as Man No. 1
George Green
as Man No. 2
Julie Jones
as Woman No. 1
Valanie Lang
as Girl No. 1
Bernard Hocke
as News Photographer
Dan Beene
as Willy
Sonny Seiler
as Sonny the Boarder
Joseph Reidy
as Photographer
Tannis Stoops
as Anna Mae
Erika Mounts
as Hagen Girl
Neil Gonzaga
as Bar Patron
Ronald Steppe
as Bar Patron
Hugh Baggett
as Bar Patron
Jabulani Brown
as Jones' Caddy
Vijay Patel
as Hagen's Caddy
Jack Lemmon
as Old Hardy Greaves
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Bagger Vance

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Audience Reviews for The Legend of Bagger Vance

  • Jun 13, 2013
    This is one of those films where every critic has enjoyed it, but it fails to truly capture your imagination. The film is good and is entertaining, but it falls short of what it could have been a truly engaging experience. The movie is directed by Robert Redford who crafts a film that relies on traditional feel good elements to make a film that work, but falls short of its potential. The cast do what they can with the material and they make it a worthwhile film to watch. The plot is quite good, but at times it just becomes too sentimental. Some may really love it, and relate to the material, but I felt it tried too hard in being something more. With that being said, this is not a masterwork by any means. It's a good film, but one that should have been much better due to the fact that it had an impressive cast of talent, not to mention it was directed by Robert Redford. I expected much more from this film, and though it's entertaining, it becomes a film that should been much more. If the script would have had a few rewrites, then maybe this one would have worked in the way it should have. As it is, it's a film that is too sentimental and tries too hard at making you feel good, while it should do it effortlessly. The film is no different than others in the genre. Average entertainment, but is not a standout and leaves you wanting more out of a film. The Legend of Bagger Vance is worth seeing, but by the times the credit roll, you realize that you want more in a film with this amount of talent involved.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2012
    The Zegend of Bagger Vance is not a very good or memorable film.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2011
    Boring and terribly long
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2010
    This movie just touches a nerve about life and how we sometimes get lost and need to find our way back. The three leads (Matt Damon as Junuh, Will Smith as Bagger, and Charlize Theron as the sparkling and feisty genteel Southern Belle) did a god job. A brilliant performance by a man who helps and guides another man through his problems in life in which his only reward is to see the other man better off. Robert Redford uses golf as a metaphor for life and knows how to show the extraordinary in ordinary lives and that touches your very soul leaving you optimistic and happy for the rest of the day! It is an incredible movie and does not require the viewer to be an avid golfer!
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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