The Short Game (2013)



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THE SHORT GAME follows the lives of eight of the best 7-year old golfers in the world as they train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf. The annual tournament held at golfing mecca Pinehurst, North Carolina, brings in 1500 young golfers from 54 different countries and determines who will be crowned golfs next phenom. In its course, the eight stories entwine to form a fascinating and often funny portrait of a group of very young athletes and their families, in which the narrow-focused, peculiar and highly competitive junior golf subculture becomes both a window into contemporary global society and an inspiring reflection of the human condition. (c) Official Site
PG (for some language)
Documentary , Special Interest , Sports & Fitness
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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8)

You don't need to like golf to like -- perhaps even to love -- The Short Game.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Washington Post
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[The Short Game] finds the most entertaining angle on one of the world's dullest sports.

Full Review… | September 25, 2013
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On a cuteness scale -- where 10 is a fuzzy kitten yawning in a hammock -- the chattily uninhibited 7- and 8-year-old golfers of The Short Game score high.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
New York Times
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Like its half-pint stars, The Short Game stands on the cusp of brilliance.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
USA Today
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What Greenbaum captures is compelling, and occasionally uncomfortable to watch.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Boston Globe
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This less-than-illuminating work resembles the spelling-bee doc "Spellbound," only with a promise of high-end endorsements and far more pampering.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
New York Daily News
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It's interesting and entertaining, but the teacher in me can't help to really wonder about these kids who talk and act like adults AND especially their parents.

Dan Rosson
Dan Rosson

Great doc. Saw it with my 7 year old son and we had a great time. No golf experience necessary to enjoy.

David Schneiderman
David Schneiderman

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