The Greatest Game Ever Played Reviews

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April 1, 2006
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.
October 8, 2005
...the veteran British character actor is so good as Vardon I can't imagine another inhabiting the role so wonderfully. Dillane adds so many layers, so many idiosyncratic quirks, that the golfer comes to life the very first moment he takes the screen.
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 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.
October 1, 2005
September 30, 2005
Working on a far larger scale, Paxton's second directing effort is as crowd-pleasing and broad as his debut, Frailty, was gothic and disturbing.
September 30, 2005
[An] overloaded movie.
September 30, 2005
As sports movies go, it doesn't get more exciting than this.
September 30, 2005
A sweet-natured, prettily photographed and at times genuinely exciting drama, bogged down by some thinly written characters and syrupy music.
September 30, 2005
The film will have to settle for a bogey rather than a par.
September 30, 2005
A jazzy, snazzy crowd-pleasing sports drama.
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.
September 30, 2005
The ever-swelling musical score would embarrass a Metamucil commercial.
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.
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.
September 30, 2005
[A] fatally repetitive film.
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.
September 30, 2005
Undeniably great, the movie is not. But a good tonic, it is.
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