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Based on 10 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    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. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 40
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 88
    Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 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. show more

  • 38
    Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine

    This window into the world of youthful competition almost entirely disposes of social awareness in favor of routine drama. show more

  • 40
    Scott Tobias The Dissolve

    The Short Game is like a tape-delayed Olympics: old footage, slick bios, no substance. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 70
    Annlee Ellingson Los Angeles Times

    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. show more

  • 50
    Nicolas Rapold The New York Times

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

  • September 24, 2013 hkirkhouston
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    WOW! what a wonderful surprize this movie was! BEST documentary ive seen in a while! CUTE , funny, sweet and i dont\' like golf. but these kids are amazing and its a story about LIFE, how to work hard and make sacrifices, how to learn that losing is a part of life. How to win w/ grace , families

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