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Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 3, 2004
[T]here's just not that much thrill in watching that little ball rolling toward the hole.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 30, 2004
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 30, 2004
Even the staunchest of golfheads must know they're watching a cut-and-trite accounting, rather than a fanciful evocation.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 30, 2004
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.
| Original Score: C
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
April 30, 2004
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 30, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 30, 2004
Jones deserved better than a biopic with a TV-movie heart.
| Original Score: 2/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 30, 2004
Plays out much like a round of golf -- slow, old-fashioned, tediously long, and lacking in drama.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 30, 2004
It's not a bad film so much as a frustrating one.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 30, 2004
This creaky, slow-chugging jalopy of a movie grows on you.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 30, 2004
What's the drama in seeing a perfect man play a perfect game?
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
April 30, 2004
A sluggish meander through the life of the man considered by many to be a deity of golfing.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 30, 2004
I found this to be among the most boring, flat and cliched sports movies I've ever seen.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 30, 2004
Maybe golf films don't have to be comedies to succeed, but frankly, we'd all be better off renting Caddyshack again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 30, 2004
Earnest, old-fashioned and undeniably dull.
| Original Score: D
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 30, 2004
If Bobby Jones was a more complex individual, you'd never guess it from the film, which mines an endless string of sports cliches and passages from literature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 30, 2004
Bobby Jones had a golf swing remembered as sheer poetry in motion, and much of the movie about him demonstrates the same grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 30, 2004
No doubt we should be grateful that Jones' story isn't churned up into soap opera and hyped with false crises and climaxes; it is the story of a golfer, and it contains a lot of golf.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 30, 2004
Amazingly, it engages your attention and even respect while trotting out every clubhouse cliche in the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2004
Long on craft but short on drama, leaving it far short of the green.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 29, 2004
A high-minded, lethally dull biography of the legendary golfer Bobby Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 29, 2004
Flawed as it may be, it respectfully honors a man who deserves to be honored.
| Original Score: B-
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 29, 2004
Mr. Caviezel's naturalness provides this movie's artistic salvation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 29, 2004
Jones was an incredibly complex character, and the movie paints him as some kind of back-swinging Howdy Doody.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 29, 2004
Perhaps golf is just too internalized to make great drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
April 29, 2004
Relaxed, leisurely and unforced, exactly the way a pleasant round of golf ought to be.
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Rick Kogan
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2004
Less movie than fawning infomercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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David Rooney
Variety
April 28, 2004
While it's somewhat bloated and intermittently dull at two hours-plus, the polished visual treatment and Caviezel's sober performance lift this above the standard network movie-of-the-week level that might otherwise have been its natural domain.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 28, 2004
The relentlessly downbeat nature of the character eventually becomes a bit wearying, not to mention such pained admissions as 'The longer I play this game, the harder it gets.'
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 28, 2004
Proof that when a movie is nothing but inspirational, it can sink and disappear into a field of dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
April 27, 2004
Sports biopics and dewy-eyed nostalgia go together like golf and soul-withering tedium, no more so than in this earnest hagiography.