Seven Days In Utopia Reviews

Top Critic
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 8, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 3, 2011
Seven Days in Utopia, of course, like most sports movies with higher aspirations, tries to position itself as more than a sports movie. And lo and behold, it is -- sort of.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 2, 2011
At least watching Black fish, paint and pilot an airplane is less boring than golf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
September 2, 2011
Russell's spoon-feeding of motivational nuggets turns to full-blown shoveling in the film's final minutes...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 2, 2011
Like a cliche tent at the State Fair, with lessons in oil painting, fly-fishing and church to help us all find our center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 1, 2011
There are no real bumps in that road, and though the drama has its heartfelt moments, it unrolls as flat as the Texas terrain, cast in an idyllic summer glow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 1, 2011
[A] humorless, mystically fortified golfing movie...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 1, 2011
A cluttered, empty drama that uses (or tries to use) golf, painting, dinner-table prayers and fly-fishing as pathways to enlightenment. When that doesn't work, the filmmakers start preaching.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 1, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 1, 2011
If I understand "Seven Days in Utopia,'' some guys spend their entire day thinking about golf, and God thinks those guys are crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 1, 2011
[It's] told in such predictable and bland fashion it dulls the effect. And this in a movie with Robert Duvall, Lucas Black and Melissa Leo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Gary M. Kramer
Salon.com
September 1, 2011
"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.
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 1, 2011
Not a second of it is convincing -- or compelling -- but then the film is about "utopia," a blandly idealized place unblemished by hardship, malice, sin, or errant golf strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 1, 2011
I would rather eat a golf ball than see this movie again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
August 31, 2011
While corny at times, this sports drama -- based on David Cook's best-selling novel -- is sure to find a welcoming audience with its down-home Christian message.
Top Critic
Andrew Schenker
Time Out
August 31, 2011
If any film ever needed a mulligan....
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Eric Hynes
Village Voice
August 30, 2011
All those shots of heavenly shafts of light eventually climax in unabashed Christian conversion.
Top Critic
Andrew Barker
Variety
August 30, 2011
Little more than a pleasantly passable Christian sports parable delivered as a sort of Texan golfer's version of The Karate Kid.