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Tommy's Honour

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United Kingdom, United States

2017

Rated PG • 1h 57m

Director Jason Connery

Starring Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden, Ophelia Lovibond, Sam Neill

Genre Drama, Romance

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In every generation, a torch passes from father to son. And that timeless dynamic is the beating heart of Tommy's Honor - an intimate, powerfully moving tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf.

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The A.V. Club by Jesse Hassenger

What this one offers in abundance is facts about golf in its early days. How the movie escaped a Father’s Day release in the U.S. is a mystery.
70

Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

In its agreeably eccentric spirit, Tommy’s Honour evokes the Scottish comedies of Bill Forsyth; here it’s oddballs among the handmade, undimpled golf balls.
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Justin Lowe

This historical account offers an engrossing and accessible celebration of the game’s modern origins, enhanced by striking locations and a standout cast, led by Scottish actors Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden.
30

Austin Chronicle by Marjorie Baumgarten

Seeing what St. Andrews’ greens must have looked like in their native days before all golf courses became zealously manicured is refreshing. The film’s action, however, is rarely filmed in a way that highlights the action, and the story’s biographical elements lack dimension and drama.
70

Village Voice by Pete Vonder Haar

Golf's become such a ridiculously well-heeled pastime that it's refreshing to see it portrayed in its infancy, when clubs were carried like a bunch of kindling and the desolate greens of St. Andrews were more like the hazards of today's game.
50

Boston Globe by Peter Keough

A climactic contest takes place in arctic weather that would rival any New England Patriots playoff game. Had the filmmakers drawn more on this rowdy, hardy spirit, not to mention the hirsute gravitas of Peter Mullan, it might have done justice to its legendary subjects.
75

TheWrap by Ray Greene

Although Tommy’s Honour has clearly been made by a golf obsessive who loves the links, it’s the rare sports biography that keeps its eye on the ball of character and milieu.
50

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

A vivid recreation of the early history of professional golf is the principle pleasure of Tommy’s Honour, a stately, slow and distressingly dull biography of 19th century Scottish golf hero Tom Morris.

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