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Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 18, 2013
    40
    The Short Game is like a tape-delayed Olympics: old footage, slick bios, no substance.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 19, 2013
    40
    Some parents are mellow, and others have instilled emotional problems in their children. This less-than-illuminating work resembles the spelling-bee doc “Spellbound,” only with a promise of high-end endorsements and far more pampering.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 20, 2013
    40
    A technically polished but mostly unmoving example of a genre (the watch-kids-do-something-hard doc) assumed to be inherently charming.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Sep 19, 2013
    50
    [Mr. Greenbaum] is observant of tears and laughter alike, but he might have made fewer sacrifices in the name of a tidy package.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Sep 19, 2013
    88
    Inspired and inspiring, this documentary about 7- and 8-year-olds competing for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship is too fawning to be consistently gifted, but it manages to be occasionally, perhaps accidentally, profound.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Sep 19, 2013
    38
    This window into the world of youthful competition almost entirely disposes of social awareness in favor of routine drama.
  7. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Sep 19, 2013
    70
    Greenbaum shoots the game play especially well, employing dynamic camera work and kinetic editing to convey the drama of what non-fans might consider a static sport.
  8. Reviewed by:  Scott Bowles
    Sep 24, 2013
    88
    Too fawning to be consistently gifted, but it manages to be occasionally, perhaps accidentally, profound.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Whitmer
    Sep 19, 2013
    63
    What Greenbaum captures is compelling, and occasionally uncomfortable to watch. Sports in their purest form are played by children, who are — most of the time — much too young to be tarnished by professional-level jealousy, scandal, sacrifice, and unfair expectations.
  10. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Sep 17, 2013
    70
    The film works not just because it makes golf enjoyable to watch, but also because, by the end, you get to know these kids. It would be nice to see how they're doing in seven years.

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