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  • Summary: From the studio that brought you "The Rookie" and "Miracle" and director Bill Paxton, comes a story of courage, passion and of the greatest American sports hero you have probably never heart of. (Disney)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. It's by far the most inspirational sports movie to come along in many a month.
  2. 75
    As feel-good as any sports movie you're likely to find. It's a solid choice for family viewing, but is equally worthy of viewing by solo adults.
  3. Actor-turned-helmer Bill Paxton has fashioned solid family entertainment in this well-cast feature.
  4. 60
    As Ouimet, the always-terrific Shia LeBeouf is an oasis of depth in a film that otherwise can't pass up a sports-film cliché.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    50
    The Greatest Game mostly sits there limply -- it lacks the charming swagger Paxton dependably brings to his own acting roles.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    50
    Sports films about underdogs overcoming long odds run the gamut from flinty intelligence (Million Dollar Baby) to mushy sentimentality (Seabiscuit). This Disney drama...falls somewhere in the middle.
  7. 30
    This highly sanitized, heavily costumed, dramatically inert nonsense makes last year's dreadful golf biopic "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius" look like a masterpiece.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. EvanW.
    Apr 30, 2007
    10
    This movie is a great inspirational story about grit, determinination, adn the desire to do what you love to do. The acting is above average, This movie is a great inspirational story about grit, determinination, adn the desire to do what you love to do. The acting is above average, with great performances from the always stellar Shia Lebouf and a very solid performance by Stephen Dillane. To any fans of golf, or any sport this is the movie for you. A heartfelt sports masterpiece. Expand
  2. CherS.
    Nov 4, 2005
    10
    Go! I am not a golfer - nor do I watch it on tv. This movie is about life. You will be cheering, and even find a tear in your eye. Golfers Go! I am not a golfer - nor do I watch it on tv. This movie is about life. You will be cheering, and even find a tear in your eye. Golfers will love it, but - they couldn't love it more than we did! Finally, a movie without helicopters, violence, and sex!!! Wow - it is refreshing, and hopeful, and delightful! Expand
  3. FraazT.
    Feb 6, 2009
    9
    An inspirational movie. Portrays the true spirit of golf or for that matter any game. It shows the value of perseverance and resilience.
  4. Lynn
    Nov 7, 2005
    7
    It was beautiful. It was appealing. The caddy was wonderful. The golf looked good, and how many movies do we have about golf? OK, Tin Cup.
  5. JamesB.
    Apr 16, 2006
    7
    A good film with a story...don't have to be a golf fan. The directing was the weakest aspect of the movie. It's easy to spot an A good film with a story...don't have to be a golf fan. The directing was the weakest aspect of the movie. It's easy to spot an actor trying to be a director. Collapse
  6. RoyM.
    Oct 16, 2005
    6
    A pleasant Disney movie that is entirely predictable. You've seen most of this movie if you've already seen the trailer. I did A pleasant Disney movie that is entirely predictable. You've seen most of this movie if you've already seen the trailer. I did enjoy the movie makers not demonizing the caddie's opponents. Expand
  7. Warren
    Oct 24, 2005
    4
    Can you spell sterile and boring? Where's the beef?

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