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Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)



Critic Consensus: This earnest, monotonous biopic lacks dramatic tension and simplifies Jones' life.

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Based on the real-life story of golf legend Bobby Jones, Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius features Jim Caviezel as the temperamental but highly talented amateur who threw a wrench in the golf world of the mid-'20s. Though Jones would eventually become the founder of the internationally renowned Augusta National Golf Club, which is father to the prestigious annual tournament known as The Masters, the combination of his ambition and tumultuous relationship with the media interfered with his personal life to such an extent that his future in the sport seemed doomed. With the help of his wife, Mary Malone Jones (Claire Forlani), the gifted, oftentimes tortured golfer was forced to balance his family life and the public scrutiny regarding his golf career, lest both of them dissolve entirely. Directed by Rowdy Herrington, the film also stars Jeremy Northam, Aidan Quinn, and Malcolm McDowell. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi
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Jim Caviezel
as Robert Tyre Jones Jr.
Claire Forlani
as Mary Malone Jones
Jeremy Northam
as Walter Hagen
Malcolm McDowell
as O.B. Keeler
Connie Ray
as Clara Jones
Matt Lanter
as Caddy
Brett Rice
as Big Bob Jones
Dan Albright
as Robert Tyre Jones Sr.
Alistair Begg
as Stewart Maiden
Larry Thompson
as John Malone
Kenny Alfonso
as Eben Byers
Tom Arcuragi
as Ralph Reed
Devon Gearhart
as Bobby Jones (age 6-8)
Thomas Lewis
as Bobby Jones (age 14)
Hilton McCrae
as Jimmy Maiden
Amerjit Deu
as Hadji
John Curran
as Bobby Cruickshank
Rudi Davis
as Interlachen Golfer
Mitch Dean
as Inwood Runner
Allen O'Reilly
as Grantland Rice
Stephanie Sparks
as Alexa Stirling
Richard Dobkin
as Law Professor
Kevin Downes
as Gene Homans
Bill Greely
as Mr. Beecham
Jim Grimshaw
as Charlie Cox
Jim Harley
as Constable O'Brien
Rand Hopkins
as Major Cohen
Clark Jarrett
as Chick Evans
John Kohler
as Milt Saul
Happy LaShelle
as Nell Woodruff
Roy McCrerey
as Bob Gardner
David Hunt
as Dr. Begg
Angie Fox
as Young Lady
Julie Moore
as Attractive Woman
Justice Leak
as Guy on Street
Kasey Leigh
as Coed No.2
Alan McGregor
as St. Andrews Starter
Bruce McKinnon
as St. Andrews Starter No.2
Chris Pierce
as Husband
Mike Pniewski
as Mullen
Dave Roberts
as Sportswriter
Tommy Cresswell
as Official
Wilbur Fitzgerald
as Oakmont Official
Bob Harter
as Worchester Senior Official
Rick Rueckert
as Worchester Official
Woody Taft
as Jess Sweetser
Brian F. Durkin
as Perry Adair
Tim Ware
as George Adair
Robert Pralgo
as Pencil-Necked Reporter
Steve Warren
as Reporter
Phillip DeVona
as Reporter No.2
David Dwyer
as Reporter No.3
Pat Cusick
as Reporter No.4
Kevin Stillwell
as Reporter No.5
Jamie Moore
as Reporter No.6, Philadelphia
Oliver Scott
as Reporter No.7, Merion
Mark Russell Gray
as Reporter No.8, Merion
Geoff McKnight
as Reporter No.9, Merion
Mary Jean Fenton
as Well Wisher
Brian Bremmer
as Well Wisher
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Critic Reviews for Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (31)

[T]here's just not that much thrill in watching that little ball rolling toward the hole.

May 3, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Delivers nothing more and nothing less than one would expect from a boilerplate sports biography, which is to say, the standard triumph against a litany of standard obstacles.

Full Review… | April 30, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Even the staunchest of golfheads must know they're watching a cut-and-trite accounting, rather than a fanciful evocation.

Full Review… | April 30, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

For the most part, it's an act of big-screen worship. As drama, this one would have been better had it been a little more willing to go into the rough.

April 30, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

As happens occasionally on the putting green, there are brief flashes of tension and drama, but more often it's a long slog to the 18th hole as thoughts drift to that icy martini waiting in the clubhouse.

Full Review… | April 30, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Was Bobby Jones really this great a guy? Who knows? But after watching the greed that has consumed sports and the anti-heroes that have consumed modern films, finding someone to clap for is an OK way to pass the time.

Full Review… | April 30, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius


1/6/2014: I don't know much about Bobby Jones, so i thought this was a pretty good movie. I kind of want to take up golf.

Russ Bast
Russ Bast

SUPERB 2:08 biopic --- solid script, outstanding cast, great directing, stunning photography, tightly wrapped editing, lovely score. Jim Caviezel is a believable good, bad and ugly Jones. Malcolm McDowell is in finest form as Jones' chronicler. Claire Forlani makes you want to take her home to mom. Aidan Quinn is convincing as golf immortal Harry Vardon. Jeremy Northam's spot-on loose canon Walter Hagen is Oscar-worthy. Simply Irresistible on all fronts --- NOT to be missed.


Inspiring true-life story of Bobby Jones. I know zero about golf--didn't matter a bit. This rewards viewing several times. Jeremy Northam and Jim Caviezel are outstanding!

Frances Ann Ade
Frances Ann Ade

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