The Greatest Game Ever Played Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 30, 2005
...this is a fable meant to rouse, complete with swelling strings. It isn't a movie about real people at all, despite its insistence on using real names.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 29, 2005
Too long; winds up in the rough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 27, 2005
Simply put, The Greatest Game Ever Played has no balls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 30, 2005
[A] fatally repetitive film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
September 29, 2005
Though hardly terrible, The Greatest Game mostly sits there limply -- it lacks the charming swagger Paxton dependably brings to his own acting roles.
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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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 29, 2005
Unless you're already a golf fan, you may fall asleep, since two-thirds of the film is devoted to a stroke-by-stroke recap of the 1913 U.S. Open.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 30, 2005
There's a par for every hole, and Paxton pretty much hits exactly that -- sometimes over and sometimes under, but always close, with no surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 30, 2005
[An] overloaded movie.
Rebecca Murray
About.com
September 29, 2005
For those who believe watching golf on TV is equivalent to spending the afternoon watching grass grow, this movie will do nothing to alter your perception of the sport.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 30, 2005
The ever-swelling musical score would embarrass a Metamucil commercial.
| Original Score: 2/4
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
September 1, 2005
It's kind of like watching a chicken try to fly. There are a lot of feathers going everywhere, but it doesn't seem to be getting anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
September 29, 2005
Aside from the title's hyperbole, it's yet another uplifting, feel-good sports story that's destined to be a perennial on TV's Golf Channel.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
September 29, 2005
Doing justice to the sport but not entirely to the drama which suffers from choppy introductions and half-hearted class distinctions in Mark Frost's screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 21, 2006
If you're not willing to stand in the rain during a major tournament, you're gonna get bored with these movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
September 29, 2005
The film doggedly pursues its obsession with class, repeatedly teeing the point up and then following it like a duck hook into the rough.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 1, 2005
| Original Score: C
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 12, 2009
I don't want to just take their word for it! Show me what was so special about this guy's game!!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 30, 2005
Unsubtle....A disappointment for adults, [but] still qualifies as a peppy object lesson for would-be overachievers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 29, 2005
...as doofy, mawkish and unsubtle as the title makes it sound.

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September 24, 2005

Boston Phoenix
September 30, 2005
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October 1, 2005

Baltimore Sun
October 1, 2005
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October 1, 2005
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