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  • Summary: 8 players with 703 years between them compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. Terry (81) having been given a week to live, gets in sight of winning gold. Inge (89) has used table tennis to train her way out of the dementia ward she committed herself to. Australian legend Dorothy deLow is 100, and finds herself a mega celebrity in this rarefied world and Texan Lisa Modlich, a new-comer at 85 years old, is determined to do whatever it takes to win her first gold. This film is as much about the tenacity of the human spirit as it is a meditation on mortality. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Paul Bradshaw
    May 21, 2013
    80
    An unabashed crowd-pleaser, Hugh Hartford’s table-top portrait avoids patronising its aged subjects, bouncing between sweetly satirical and sincerely moving. Given the theme, it’s only a shame it doesn’t last a bit longer.
  2. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    May 21, 2013
    80
    Ping Pong shows us people piquantly aware of the deterioration of their bodies and that they don't have much time left.
  3. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    May 21, 2013
    80
    The sight of this elderly bunch hobbling around the table may well make you laugh, but the passion with which they play each game as if it might (and probably will) be their last will also make you cry.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 21, 2013
    60
    Director Hugh Hartford does not patronise his stars, although perhaps there is something too gently celebratory and obviously feelgood about the film. These dynamic table-tennis stars put the rest of us to shame.
  5. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    May 21, 2013
    60
    It’s breezy fun, touching lightly on illness and worse. Saying that, there’s a spot of intrigue as the tournament hots up.