The Short Game Reviews

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
September 19, 2013
This window into the world of youthful competition almost entirely disposes of social awareness in favor of routine drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
September 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Eleni Armenakis
The Loop
December 12, 2013
One thing the documentary reveals is how much work goes into being at the top.
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Michael Whitmer
Boston Globe
September 19, 2013
What Greenbaum captures is compelling, and occasionally uncomfortable to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
September 20, 2013
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 | Original Score: B-
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Daphne Howland
Village Voice
September 17, 2013
The film works not just because it makes golf enjoyable to watch, but also because, by the end, you get to know these kids.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
October 4, 2013
There is little heavy lifting here but a whole lot of fun to be had.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2013
Offers a warts-and-all portrait of these pint-sized athletes and their parents as they tee off on the global stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
September 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
September 19, 2013
Fortunately, the kids' personalities rescue The Short Game from a cinematic bogey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 20, 2013
Fabulous, kid-friendly docu about world's youngest golfers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 12, 2013
A snappy and crowd-pleasing documentary about eight players in the World Golf Championships for children 8 and under.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
September 19, 2013
Like its half-pint stars, The Short Game stands on the cusp of brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joe O'Connell
Austin Chronicle
September 25, 2013
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.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 25, 2013
[The Short Game] finds the most entertaining angle on one of the world's dullest sports.
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 19, 2013
Wonderfully entertaining, technically perfect documentary about kids gone wild on the green.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 7, 2014
You don't need to like golf to like -- perhaps even to love -- The Short Game.
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