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Based on 28 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's too bad. Jones deserved better than a biopic with a TV-movie heart. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    It's too much feel-good movie to take in one sitting, but Stroke of Genius captures just enough detail from the greatest sportsman you've never heard of to keep the historical drama interesting. show more

  • 38
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Bobby Jones plays out much like a round of golf - slow, old-fashioned, tediously long, and lacking in drama. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    I love golf, history and good stories, and I found this to be among the most boring, flat and cliched sports movies I've ever seen. show more

  • 60
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The film becomes markedly more entertaining with every appearance by Walter Hagen (Jeremy Northam), Jones' archrival, a raconteur and bon vivant who, though fiercely competitive, enjoyed playing while drunk and clad in a tuxedo. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Tells this story in a straightforward, calm way that works ideally as the chronicle of a man's life but perhaps less ideally as drama. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    This is an old-fashioned sports hagiography of the sort that Gary Cooper used to star in while Teresa Wright sat smiling and worried on the sidelines, and, amazingly, it engages your attention and even respect while trotting out every clubhouse cliche in the book. show more

  • 63
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    It requires an almost childlike faith to get into the spirit of Stroke of Genius, an old-fashioned willingness to believe that the world was once this way - and might, somehow, become this way again. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    True-blue golf buffs should find it a treat. For others it's no deeper than a tin cup on a putting green. show more

  • 50
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Though lovingly crafted and beautifully photographed, the movie does little to make Jones seem compelling, or even all that good. show more

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