88

Chicago Sun-Times

Too fawning to be consistently gifted, but it manages to be occasionally, perhaps accidentally, profound.
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88

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
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.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Annlee Ellingson
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.
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70

Village Voice

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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63

Boston Globe

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.
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50

The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
[Mr. Greenbaum] is observant of tears and laughter alike, but he might have made fewer sacrifices in the name of a tidy package.
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40

The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
The Short Game is like a tape-delayed Olympics: old footage, slick bios, no substance.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A technically polished but mostly unmoving example of a genre (the watch-kids-do-something-hard doc) assumed to be inherently charming.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
This window into the world of youthful competition almost entirely disposes of social awareness in favor of routine drama.
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51 out of 100
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