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The Greatest Game Ever Played Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 7, 2014
The game is full of suspense, twists and turns. The characters are fascinating. The locations, sets and costume designs are all first-rate. The story is held back by the Disney formula, but is strong enough to overcome it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
June 16, 2009
The characters model some wonderful behavior for youngsters%u2014things like tolerance, restraint, persistence, good manners, and good sportsmanship. Things that, sadly, seem to have gone the way of knickers.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
Greatest Game succeeds because it has enough history and authenticity to please golf enthusiasts while maintaining enough heart and human drama to appeal to the rest.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 15, 2006
[Director Bill] Paxton's narrative is confusing at first, but the film is entertaining overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 14, 2006
Better suspense than many sports movies, in spite of clichés and anachronisms
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 4, 2006
...the film is so well made, the acting so good, the period so well captured, and the photography so captivating that it's hard not to like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 13, 2005
Despite the endless heart-tugging cliches and predictable storylines, Disney once again demonstrates its ability to push the right sentimental buttons in an underdog sports film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 13, 2005
More than any such movie I remember, The Greatest Game Ever Played celebrates the ideal of sportsmanship.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 10, 2005
The most visually and emotionally dynamic film ever made about a game of golf — perhaps the most visually and emotionally dynamic possible film about a game of golf.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 7, 2005
As a film replay, The Greatest Game is hardly that, but it's at least a pretty good one.
John Venable
October 7, 2005
A great underdog film that is absolutely stolen by the 10 year old caddy played by Josh Flitter. If you don't love him, you have no soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
October 6, 2005
This charming film (editing tricks aside), is rich in humor and period detail, and amazingly suspenseful considering we already know the outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
October 6, 2005
It may not be, as the title says, the greatest game every played, but it certainly is a darn good round of golf.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 4, 2005
(Bill) Paxton, wisely, has directed a movie that is more than about golf. It also is a social commentary on class and overcoming social barriers.
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Kit Bowen
October 3, 2005
With winning performances, fancy camerawork and a classic root-for-the-little-guy scenario, Greatest Game tees off with the best of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 2, 2005
The Greatest Game never thrills on an emotional level the way the best of sports films -- a Hoosiers, say -- can, but it's a satisfying entertainment nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tony Medley
October 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
October 1, 2005
This film is better than it has any right to be.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Ron Yamauchi
Georgia Straight
October 2, 2005
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