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The Short Game Reviews

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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This less-than-illuminating work resembles the spelling-bee doc "Spellbound," only with a promise of high-end endorsements and far more pampering.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

September 19, 2013
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

This window into the world of youthful competition almost entirely disposes of social awareness in favor of routine drama.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 19, 2013
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

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.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 2/5

September 19, 2013
Eleni Armenakis
The Loop

One thing the documentary reveals is how much work goes into being at the top.

Full Review Source: The Loop

December 12, 2013
Michael Whitmer
Boston Globe
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What Greenbaum captures is compelling, and occasionally uncomfortable to watch.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 19, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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.'

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B-

September 20, 2013
Daphne Howland
Village Voice
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The film works not just because it makes golf enjoyable to watch, but also because, by the end, you get to know these kids.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 17, 2013
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix

There is little heavy lifting here but a whole lot of fun to be had.

Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix | Original Score: 6.5/10

October 4, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
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Offers a warts-and-all portrait of these pint-sized athletes and their parents as they tee off on the global stage.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 19, 2013
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 19, 2013
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

Fortunately, the kids' personalities rescue The Short Game from a cinematic bogey.

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2013
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Fabulous, kid-friendly docu about world's youngest golfers.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

September 20, 2013
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A snappy and crowd-pleasing documentary about eight players in the World Golf Championships for children 8 and under.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

September 12, 2013
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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Like its half-pint stars, The Short Game stands on the cusp of brilliance.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 19, 2013
Joe O'Connell
Austin Chronicle

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.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

September 25, 2013
Peter Debruge
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[The Short Game] finds the most entertaining angle on one of the world's dullest sports.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 25, 2013
David Noh
Film Journal International

Wonderfully entertaining, technically perfect documentary about kids gone wild on the green.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 19, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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You don't need to like golf to like -- perhaps even to love -- The Short Game.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

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