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The Greatest Game Ever Played Reviews

October 4, 2005
Ouimet versus Vardon probably was the greatest golf game ever played, and Paxton and Frost do it justice, but I wouldn't sit through another simulated hole of it for Tiger Woods's salary.
October 3, 2005
I know it's all about how well they construct the journey, but I just kind of felt like, okay, we know exactly what's going to happen here.
October 1, 2005
Read More | Original Score: C
September 30, 2005
[An] overloaded movie.
September 30, 2005
As sports movies go, it doesn't get more exciting than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 30, 2005
A sweet-natured, prettily photographed and at times genuinely exciting drama, bogged down by some thinly written characters and syrupy music.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 30, 2005
The film will have to settle for a bogey rather than a par.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 30, 2005
A jazzy, snazzy crowd-pleasing sports drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 30, 2005
The Greatest Game Ever Played may not be quite as superlative as its title, but it spins an engaging tale of sports triumph.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2005
The ever-swelling musical score would embarrass a Metamucil commercial.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 30, 2005
As Ouimet strides toward the 18th green on the last day of the Open, it's impossible not to feel the crowd's excitement.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2005
If it weren't for Shia LaBeouf, the charmingly awkward young star of Disney's Holes, we'd be stuck with a glorified TV movie, complete with lousy CG effects and indecipherable golfing montages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 30, 2005
[A] fatally repetitive film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 30, 2005
This may not be the greatest golf movie ever made, but it's head and shoulders above other recent screen treatments of the sport.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2005
Undeniably great, the movie is not. But a good tonic, it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 30, 2005
The story's hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2005
The latest and least effective of Disney's inspirational sports movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 29, 2005
Predictable though it is, the picture is rousing and well paced, and the final competition is effectively suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 29, 2005
An affectionate ode to sportsmanship.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2005
It's not easy to find a movie that both Horatio Alger and Happy Gilmore would endorse wholeheartedly, but the true-life golf story The Greatest Game Every Played qualifies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2005
Paxton hits the ball squarely in capturing the psychology of his characters, but hooks it into the sand trap of effects and thematic overselling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2005
The sappy musical score, the pretty photography, the underdog hero -- it basically pillages every sports-themed film you can imagine, but lacks one essential ingredient to make it work: the heart.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 29, 2005
The film doggedly pursues its obsession with class, repeatedly teeing the point up and then following it like a duck hook into the rough.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2005
The Greatest Game Ever Played is as feel-good as any sports movie you're likely to find.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2005
Francis Ouimet's story is a good one, and The Greatest Story may ultimately give golf films some much needed credibility.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2005
Though hardly terrible, The Greatest Game mostly sits there limply -- it lacks the charming swagger Paxton dependably brings to his own acting roles.
September 29, 2005
Actor-director Bill Paxton covers a golf tournament in ways ESPN never imagined.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 29, 2005
I am not a golf fan but found The Greatest Game Ever Played absorbing all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2005
The movie is so hungry for love that the orchestra shrieks, caps fly into the air, and the slo-mo oozes in when the lad merely forces a final play-off...and there's still 20 minutes to go!
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 19, 2005
A classic sports-underdog tale gets solid, affecting treatment.