The Greatest Game Ever Played Reviews

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Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
October 5, 2005
A pretentious and predictable Game.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
October 4, 2005
Ouimet versus Vardon probably was the greatest golf game ever played, and Paxton and Frost do it justice, but I wouldn't sit through another simulated hole of it for Tiger Woods's salary.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 4, 2005
(Bill) Paxton, wisely, has directed a movie that is more than about golf. It also is a social commentary on class and overcoming social barriers.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 3, 2005
I know it's all about how well they construct the journey, but I just kind of felt like, okay, we know exactly what's going to happen here.
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
October 3, 2005
With winning performances, fancy camerawork and a classic root-for-the-little-guy scenario, Greatest Game tees off with the best of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 2, 2005
The Greatest Game never thrills on an emotional level the way the best of sports films -- a Hoosiers, say -- can, but it's a satisfying entertainment nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
October 1, 2005
This film is better than it has any right to be.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com
September 30, 2005
Working on a far larger scale, Paxton's second directing effort is as crowd-pleasing and broad as his debut, Frailty, was gothic and disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
September 30, 2005
If it weren't for professional obligations, `The Greatest Game Ever Played' would have been my chance for the greatest nap ever taken.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
September 30, 2005
The game is reimagined by director Bill Paxton and cinematographer Shane Hurlbut as a series of grand, sweeping shots.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 30, 2005
[An] overloaded movie.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 30, 2005
Good acting, lush locales and snazzy special effects can't disguise the fact that it's a profoundly uncinematic sport, not even in a movie about the first American to shatter the sport's long-standing class barrier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 30, 2005
As sports movies go, it doesn't get more exciting than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 30, 2005
A sweet-natured, prettily photographed and at times genuinely exciting drama, bogged down by some thinly written characters and syrupy music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 30, 2005
It's by far the most inspirational sports movie to come along in many a month.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 30, 2005
The film will have to settle for a bogey rather than a par.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 30, 2005
The Greatest Game Ever Played strides gracefully across a well-tended but uncrowded field: the golf film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
September 30, 2005
Like a two-legged Seabiscuit, it's a real crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Pam Grady
Reel.com
September 30, 2005
A crowd-pleasing winner.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
September 30, 2005
By the time the field has dwindled to Ouimet and Vardon, it's a match between good-guy heroes. We'll be happy no matter who wins, and happy that it's finally strolled to a conclusion.
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