The Short Game Synopsis
The world's best 7-year-old golfers compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf.
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Chicago Sun-Times

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

What Greenbaum captures is compelling, and occasionally uncomfortable to watch. Sports in their purest form are played by children, who are...
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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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The Dissolve

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

By Godfather_lover
This is a great story about some really great kids. It is about golf, about friendship, and about life. Great for kids and families. A few adult words, but only two or maybe three....


By gillfam5
All six of us, two young kids (one gilr and one boy), two parents, a grandparent and a friend, none of whom are golfers, clapped at the end of this movie. We went to go see Cloudy with a Chance of...

Something for Everyone

By riverajrr
Love this film!! It offers an impressive showcase of talent, as well as a realistic peek into the lives of these young prodigies. The kids featured are charismatic, hilarious, and crazy talented......

Take the Whole Family-

By clarkcunningham
Loved this film!!! There aren't many movies that kids and adults can enjoy simultaneously and The Short Game nails it! Interesting, funny, heart warming; and the music is great. I literally didn't...

Charming and inspiring

By haas691
More than just a golf movie, it's a metaphor for life. Check it out!...

Loved it! Not just for golfers!

By kerrimann17
We saw this movie twice and LOVED it each time! Our son is involved in Junior golf with the US Kids Golf program featured in this movie. We can attest to sharing in the same highs, lows, and life...

Amazing, heartwarming, surprising

By DPinto913
The whole family adored this film... which was surprising and especially exciting because originally, no one in the family was enthusiastic about seeing a film about children playing championship...


By blakelbs
My 8 year old son now wants to go to the golf course every day to practice. We loved the movie....

A winner all the way

By timmoberwelland
Highly entertaining on many levels: funny, inspiring, visually attractive. 'The Short Game' and its cast of 8 year-old characters take you into the fascinating world of competitive kids golf. It...

The Short Game, so awesome.

By Davidkwilson3
My fianc?e and I caught this movie opening night. I have not felt so good leaving a movie in years. We laughed, we cried, we laughed until we cried. The kids are so awesome. Check this movie out. It...

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Rated PG | For Some Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Fabulous, kid-friendly docu about world's youngest golfers.
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