• Released
  • September 20, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • PG , 1 hr 40 min
  • Documentary
  • 21 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: The world's best 7-year-old golfers compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf.

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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...
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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...
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70

Village Voice

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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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63

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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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...
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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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Rated PG | For Some Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ Fabulous, kid-friendly docu about world's youngest golfers.
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