"Seven Days in Utopia" is flawed in so many ways -- the editing, writing, acting and Matthew Dean Russell's direction are uniformly weak -- that this well-intentioned film does its positive messages a disservice.
All those shots of heavenly shafts of light eventually climax in unabashed Christian conversion.
The Fireproof of golf movies!
| Original Score: 2/10
Treats its subject as if it's a tap-in for par, and thus, most of the best clubs were left in the bag.
| Original Score: 2/4
I would rather eat a golf ball than see this movie again.
| Original Score: 1/4
If any film ever needed a mulligan....
| Original Score: 1/5
Little more than a pleasantly passable Christian sports parable delivered as a sort of Texan golfer's version of The Karate Kid.
Supporting bits, like the saintly love interest played by Deborah Ann Woll, function more as archetypes than flesh-and-blood characters in a lively story.
| Original Score: 2/5
A squishy Hallmark Channel-level melodrama that rarely bothers to mask its propagandistic intentions.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Disgruntled teen golfer meets the Yoda of golf. Learns how golf is a metaphor for Buddhism.
Like a cliche tent at the State Fair, with lessons in oil painting, fly-fishing and church to help us all find our center.
Perfectly digestible and refreshingly G-rated, but it's often so confused, looking to make salient points on godly goodness when its best attributes are found on the fairway.
| Original Score: C
... cliches and platitudes come fast and thick ...
Prosaic doesn't begin to describe a Christian propaganda fantasy movie so out of touch with reality and cinema that it comes across as an insult to your intelligence.
| Original Score: D
Great actors and good messages, but very predictable plot.
I got the sense that I was actually watch Duvall himself praying, no doubt for the Lord to take supreme mercy and have him replaced the next day by George Hamilton.
Half-hearted attempts to incorporate messages about God and faith don't go much farther than people pointing at a Bible.
If I understand "Seven Days in Utopia,'' some guys spend their entire day thinking about golf, and God thinks those guys are crazy.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
Until Seven Days in Utopia sucker punches you with a surfeit of faith-based platitudes, its upbeat brand of golf mysticism isn't altogether unappealing.
[A] humorless, mystically fortified golfing movie...