The Greatest Game Ever Played
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The Greatest Game Ever Played
The true story of an upset victory that helped change the sport of golf forever provides the basis for this period drama. Francis Ouimet (played by Shia LaBeouf) was born in 1893 to a working-class family in Massachusetts, and grew up fascinated by golf. However, at that time golf was considered a pastime of the wealthy and privileged, and British and Scottish players dominated the professional game. Ouimet's familial home was near the Brookline, MA, Country Club, and over the stern objections of his father, Francis got a job there as a caddy. Honing his skill in his spare time, Francis… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ouimet versus Vardon probably was the greatest golf game ever played, and Paxton and Frost do it justice, but I wouldn't sit through another simulated hole of it for Tiger Woods's salary."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"As sports movies go, it doesn't get more exciting than this."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"The characters model some wonderful behavior for youngsters%u2014things like tolerance, restraint, persistence, good manners, and good sportsmanship. Things that, sadly, seem to have gone the way of knickers."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"If you're not willing to stand in the rain during a major tournament, you're gonna get bored with these movies."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"...the film is so well made, the acting so good, the period so well captured, and the photography so captivating that it's hard not to like it."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"I know it's all about how well they construct the journey, but I just kind of felt like, okay, we know exactly what's going to happen here."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A sweet-natured, prettily photographed and at times genuinely exciting drama, bogged down by some thinly written characters and syrupy music."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"I don't want to just take their word for it! Show me what was so special about this guy's game!!"
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"[Director Bill] Paxton's narrative is confusing at first, but the film is entertaining overall."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"The Longest Movie Ever Made."
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"[An] overloaded movie."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"The film will have to settle for a bogey rather than a par."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Greatest Game succeeds because it has enough history and authenticity to please golf enthusiasts while maintaining enough heart and human drama to appeal to the rest."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"Better suspense than many sports movies, in spite of clichés and anachronisms"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Despite the endless heart-tugging cliches and predictable storylines, Disney once again demonstrates its ability to push the right sentimental buttons in an underdog sports film."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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