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Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 58

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    Entertainment Weekly

    It's pleasing to see Jones triumph, digging his way out of sand traps with miraculous wedge shots, but ''Stroke of Genius'' is proof that when a movie is nothing but inspirational, it can sink and disappear into a field of dreams.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Bobby Jones deserves a better movie than this one.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has strong language for a PG and a child uses four-letter words. Jones' swearing is an issue in the story and ultimately he learns not to do it any more. There are some brief mild sexual references (a character is teased that she "doesn't pet," a man is said to have broken "all eleven" of the ten commandments and refers to debauchery). Characters drink and smoke, sometimes to excess. The portrayal of minorities is consistent with the era, but may be seen as insensitive by today's standards. (No mention is made of Jones' Augusta Golf Club's famous battles to keep women from becoming members.)

  • Families can talk about the comment by one character that "money is going to ruin sports." Was he right? They could also talk about the question asked of Jones at the end of the movie, "What are you going to do for yourself?" What did he do for himself, and why?

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false0

    Sex: Kisses, mild sexual references.

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    Language: Strong language for a PG.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking.