You don't need to like golf to like -- perhaps even to love -- The Short Game.
One thing the documentary reveals is how much work goes into being at the top.
There is little heavy lifting here but a whole lot of fun to be had.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
While a cast of characters this large could easily hinder a doc's focus, it works perfectly in The Short Game to give both a global view and to show how sports can be a Zen-like calling at any age.
[The Short Game] finds the most entertaining angle on one of the world's dullest sports.
Fabulous, kid-friendly docu about world's youngest golfers.
| Original Score: 4/5
Depending on your tolerance for cute kids saying the darndest things, you'll either want to tee up or get teed off at 'The Short Game.'
| Original Score: B-
On a cuteness scale -- where 10 is a fuzzy kitten yawning in a hammock -- the chattily uninhibited 7- and 8-year-old golfers of The Short Game score high.
| Original Score: 3/5
This window into the world of youthful competition almost entirely disposes of social awareness in favor of routine drama.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Like its half-pint stars, The Short Game stands on the cusp of brilliance.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
What Greenbaum captures is compelling, and occasionally uncomfortable to watch.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This less-than-illuminating work resembles the spelling-bee doc "Spellbound," only with a promise of high-end endorsements and far more pampering.
| Original Score: 2/5
Offers a warts-and-all portrait of these pint-sized athletes and their parents as they tee off on the global stage.
Wonderfully entertaining, technically perfect documentary about kids gone wild on the green.
Fortunately, the kids' personalities rescue The Short Game from a cinematic bogey.
| Original Score: 3/4
It could be argued that the kids are having fun and are picking up valuable life lessons, but The Short Game seems incapable of coming to any other conclusion.
The film works not just because it makes golf enjoyable to watch, but also because, by the end, you get to know these kids.
A snappy and crowd-pleasing documentary about eight players in the World Golf Championships for children 8 and under.