The Phantom of the Open

The Phantom of the Open

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Oscar-winner Mark Rylance leads this true underdog story as Maurice Flitcroft, a crane operator and optimistic dreamer who managed to gain entry to the 1976 British Open - even though he hadn't ever played a round of golf before. Co-stars two-time Oscar-nominee Sally Hawkins. More

With pluckiness and unwavering self-belief, Maurice pulls off a series of stunning, hilarious, and heartwarming attempts to compete at the highest level of professional golf, drawing the ire of the golfing elite but becoming a British folk hero in the process.

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2022Rating: M, Offensive language106 minsUKBBC Films (UK)
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The Phantom of the Open | Reviews

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Time Out

Time Out

Roberts occasionally overdoes the whimsy, slipping in cutesy Michel Gondry-ish elements... and it’s a blessing he uses them rarely.

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Financial Times

Financial Times

A sweet feelgood film without too much neatening of the odder edges.

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The Times

The Times

A quirky Britcom with bite and soul.

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The Irish Times

The Irish Times

The film does feel a little thin in its later stages, but the inventive performances - Rylance’s in particular - keep the film aloft throughout.

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Variety

Variety

This underdog golf biopic sometimes swings and whiffs with its hyper-quirky styling, but a bright script and game performances see it through.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

A wise and witty reminder that that the pleasure of doing something spectacularly badly can outstrip the satisfaction of a job well done.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Anchored by an impish Mark Rylance, it takes its cue from the story’s hero: a bit ramshackle, very amiable, always watchable.

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The Phantom of the Open | Release Details

The Phantom of the Open is now playing in 65 cinemas in New Zealand.