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80
Variety
Offers an inspiring story, lush visuals and accessible characters to give a black-hat-white-hat view of class struggle in America and England.
75
ReelViews
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.
75
I am not a golf fan but found The Greatest Game Ever Played absorbing all the same, partly because of the human element, partly because Paxton and his technicians have used every trick in the book to dramatize the flight and destination of the golf balls.
70
Actor-turned-helmer Bill Paxton has fashioned solid family entertainment in this well-cast feature.
70
The mixture of old-fashioned themes with newfangled techniques makes The Greatest Game Ever Played a canny piece of feel-good entertainment.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
An inconsistent and endearing sports inspirational that aims to be "Chariots of Fire" for golf.
60
The A.V. Club
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.
50
L.A. Weekly
The Greatest Game mostly sits there limply -- it lacks the charming swagger Paxton dependably brings to his own acting roles.
50
Paxton and Frost lay the schmaltz on thickly, but the deal-breaker is the overuse of special effects, which make the game in question look more like pinball than golf.
42
Entertainment Weekly
An inert family golf movie.

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