Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)

Based on the real-life story of golf legend Bobby Jones, Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius features Jim Caviezel as the temperamental but highly talented amateur who threw a wrench in the golf world of the mid-'20s. Though Jones would… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 30, 2004
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26%
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62%



Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This earnest, monotonous biopic lacks dramatic tension and simplifies Jones' life.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[T]here's just not that much thrill in watching that little ball rolling toward the hole.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

For the most part, it's an act of big-screen worship. As drama, this one would have been better had it been a little more willing to go into the rough.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Bobby Jones deserves a better movie than this one.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Delivers nothing more and nothing less than one would expect from a boilerplate sports biography, which is to say, the standard triumph against a litany of standard obstacles.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

As happens occasionally on the putting green, there are brief flashes of tension and drama, but more often it's a long slog to the 18th hole as thoughts drift to that icy martini waiting in the clubhouse.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

In going after a "Seabiscuit" type of movie about the famous '30s amateur golfer Bobby Jones, the filmmakers chose a double epithet for a biopic that gets nowhere near that film's captivating sports story from the same era.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Even the staunchest of golfheads must know they're watching a cut-and-trite accounting, rather than a fanciful evocation.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

Was Bobby Jones really this great a guy? Who knows? But after watching the greed that has consumed sports and the anti-heroes that have consumed modern films, finding someone to clap for is an OK way to pass the time.

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Mark Moring
Christianity Today

The film has its sappy, predictable moments, but the gorgeous cinematography, apt direction and fine acting more than compensate. Think of it like Chariots of Fire on the golf course.


Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Extraordinary biographic story of a famous golfer champion in the history who truimphs over himself. I love biography of famous sportstars.