• 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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Angela Baldassarre

A pretentious and predictable Game.

Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

October 5, 2005
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 4, 2005
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

(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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October 4, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 3, 2005
Kit Bowen

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 Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2005
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 2, 2005
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

This film is better than it has any right to be.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

October 1, 2005
Dan Fienberg

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 Source: Zap2it.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2005
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

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 Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 30, 2005
Cynthia Fuchs

The game is reimagined by director Bill Paxton and cinematographer Shane Hurlbut as a series of grand, sweeping shots.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

September 30, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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[An] overloaded movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 30, 2005
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 2005
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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As sports movies go, it doesn't get more exciting than this.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A sweet-natured, prettily photographed and at times genuinely exciting drama, bogged down by some thinly written characters and syrupy music.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 2005
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's by far the most inspirational sports movie to come along in many a month.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: A-

September 30, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film will have to settle for a bogey rather than a par.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 30, 2005
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

The Greatest Game Ever Played strides gracefully across a well-tended but uncrowded field: the golf film.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2005
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Like a two-legged Seabiscuit, it's a real crowd-pleaser.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 8/10

September 30, 2005
Pam Grady

A crowd-pleasing winner.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

September 30, 2005
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

September 30, 2005
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