Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius

Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
  • PG
  • 2h 9m
  • 2004
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His ability made him a star, but it was his passion that made him a legend. Robert "Bobby" Tyre Jones, Jr. (Jim Caviezel, The Passion of Christ) was perhaps the most naturally gifted golfer in the history of the game. Battling a disabling illness and a volcanic temper, Jones struggled through a succession of early defeats to reach the pinnacle of his sport - becoming, at age 28, the only man ever to win the coveted Grand Slam of golf. But it was his devotion to his wife Mary (Claire Forlani, Meet Joe Black) that led to the astounding announcement that shocked the world, in this inspirational true story of one of sport's greatest icons.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: This earnest, monotonous biopic lacks dramatic tension and simplifies Jones' life.
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper

[T]here's just not that much thrill in watching that little ball rolling toward the hole.

June 20, 2017
Washington Post
Michael O'Sullivan

Delivers nothing more and nothing less than one would expect from a boilerplate sports biography,...

June 20, 2017
Washington Post
Desson Thomson

Even the staunchest of golfheads must know they're watching a cut-and-trite accounting, rather tha...

June 20, 2017
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Robert Denerstein

For the most part, it's an act of big-screen worship. As drama, this one would have been better ha...

June 20, 2017
Seattle Times
Ted Fry

As happens occasionally on the putting green, there are brief flashes of tension and drama, but mo...

June 20, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
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.)

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:April 30, 2004
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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