The Greatest Game Ever Played
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 30, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2006
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite all the underdog sports movie conventions, the likable cast and lush production values make The Greatest Game Ever Played a solid and uplifting tale.

Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

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.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

As sports movies go, it doesn't get more exciting than this.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The game is full of suspense, twists and turns. The characters are fascinating. The locations, sets and costume designs are all first-rate. The story is held back by the Disney formula, but is strong enough to overcome it.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A sweet-natured, prettily photographed and at times genuinely exciting drama, bogged down by some thinly written characters and syrupy music.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

[An] overloaded movie.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

The film will have to settle for a bogey rather than a par.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

I don't want to just take their word for it! Show me what was so special about this guy's game!!

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Clintus Maximus
The Greatest Game Ever Played is an excellent family-friendly, underdog, sports-themed film in the Disney tradition. I thoroughly enjoyed the cast; the young… More
Cast: Tyler Brody Stein, Shia LaBeouf, Elias Koteas, Josh Flitter, Max Kasch, Stephen Dillane, Peter Firth, Peyton List, Jackie Burroughs, Luke Askew, Len… More
Jameson Worley
Good film! Shia LeBeouf was good, and Stephen Dillane was perfectly cast.
erika bruhns
I am not really into golf films
Mike S
Why had I not heard of this film before? It would have gone completely under my radar, if it weren't for me catching it on TV, when randomly zapping… More
Eliza Norton
True Story....