A pretentious and predictable Game.
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.
(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.
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.
With winning performances, fancy camerawork and a classic root-for-the-little-guy scenario, Greatest Game tees off with the best of them.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This film is better than it has any right to be.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
If it weren't for professional obligations, `The Greatest Game Ever Played' would have been my chance for the greatest nap ever taken.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The game is reimagined by director Bill Paxton and cinematographer Shane Hurlbut as a series of grand, sweeping shots.
[An] overloaded movie.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
As sports movies go, it doesn't get more exciting than this.
A sweet-natured, prettily photographed and at times genuinely exciting drama, bogged down by some thinly written characters and syrupy music.
It's by far the most inspirational sports movie to come along in many a month.
| Original Score: A-
The film will have to settle for a bogey rather than a par.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Greatest Game Ever Played strides gracefully across a well-tended but uncrowded field: the golf film.
Like a two-legged Seabiscuit, it's a real crowd-pleaser.
| Original Score: 8/10
A crowd-pleasing winner.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.