• PG, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Bill Paxton
    In Theaters:
    Sep 30, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 11, 2006
  • Buena Vista Pictures

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The Greatest Game Ever Played Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The game is full of suspense, twists and turns. The characters are fascinating. The locations, sets and costume designs are all first-rate. The story is held back by the Disney formula, but is strong enough to overcome it.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

September 7, 2014
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

The characters model some wonderful behavior for youngsters%u2014things like tolerance, restraint, persistence, good manners, and good sportsmanship. Things that, sadly, seem to have gone the way of knickers.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

June 16, 2009
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

I don't want to just take their word for it! Show me what was so special about this guy's game!!

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/5

June 12, 2009
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today

Greatest Game succeeds because it has enough history and authenticity to please golf enthusiasts while maintaining enough heart and human drama to appeal to the rest.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

September 25, 2006
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

If you're not willing to stand in the rain during a major tournament, you're gonna get bored with these movies.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

April 21, 2006
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

[Director Bill] Paxton's narrative is confusing at first, but the film is entertaining overall.

Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2006
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Better suspense than many sports movies, in spite of clichés and anachronisms

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

April 14, 2006
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the film is so well made, the acting so good, the period so well captured, and the photography so captivating that it's hard not to like it.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

April 4, 2006
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

The Longest Movie Ever Made.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 21, 2005
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Despite the endless heart-tugging cliches and predictable storylines, Disney once again demonstrates its ability to push the right sentimental buttons in an underdog sports film.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

November 13, 2005
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Riddled with underdog cliches and embellishments, and lays the sentimentality on thick at every opportunity, making the emotional response feel more manipulated then genuine.

Full Review

November 9, 2005
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

More than any such movie I remember, The Greatest Game Ever Played celebrates the ideal of sportsmanship.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2005
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

The most visually and emotionally dynamic film ever made about a game of golf — perhaps the most visually and emotionally dynamic possible film about a game of golf.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: B+

October 10, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

As a film replay, The Greatest Game is hardly that, but it's at least a pretty good one.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

October 7, 2005
John Venable
Supercala.com

A great underdog film that is absolutely stolen by the 10 year old caddy played by Josh Flitter. If you don't love him, you have no soul.

Full Review Source: Supercala.com | Original Score: 9/10

October 7, 2005
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

I'm going to bet that Bill Paxton loves golf. Because, despite his deftly directed "Frailty," "The Greatest Game Ever Played" rolls all over the place.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2005
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com

not a feel-good, root-for-the-underdog movie, but a caricature of one

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 6, 2005
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor

This charming film (editing tricks aside), is rich in humor and period detail, and amazingly suspenseful considering we already know the outcome.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

October 6, 2005
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com

Movies about golf are seldom, if ever, 'great.'

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

October 6, 2005
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

It may not be, as the title says, the greatest game every played, but it certainly is a darn good round of golf.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 6, 2005
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