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The Phantom of the Open

Maurice Flitcroft, a dreamer and unrelenting optimist, managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship Qualifying in 1976 and subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process. (PG-13, 106 min.)

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Friday, June 24, 2022

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN follows Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist who managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship Qualifying in 1976 and subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process. [SPC]

Starring: Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins, Rhys Ifans
Director: Craig Roberts
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Sport

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"A sheer delight."

— Charles Gant, Heat

"Enchanting and profoundly moving."

— Stefan Pape, Heyguys

"A quirky Britcom with bite and soul."

— Kevin Maher, Times (UK)

"It has a gentle upbeat cheeriness thats hard to resist."

— Olly Richards, Time Out

"It's gorgeously acted and the slapstick made me cry with laughter."

— Charlotte O'Sullivan, London Evening Standard

"Packs a considerable helping of crowd-pleasing charm into its cap and golfing slacks."

— Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

"There’s an earnestness to Rylance’s performance, which encourages us to find inspiration in the underdog."

— Simran Hans, The Observer (UK)

"Rylance is excellent — striding on to the green of his new Jerusalem with just those cut-price clubs and his destiny."

— Danny Leigh, Financial Times

"It's a particularly British story. And it is a sort of fairytale, taking liberties in the way it's presented but very charming and very funny."

— Mark Kermode, Kermode & Mayo's Film Review

"The Phantom of the Open is one of this year’s most charming films––a broad crowdpleaser that stands a good chance of winning over even the most cynical audiences."

— Alistair Ryder, The Film Stage

"Craig Roberts directs energetically -- lots of pop songs, fantasy sequences, trick shots -- but the film is made by its casting. Flitcroft is played by Mark Rylance, who brings more charm and humanity to the part than seems possible."

— David Sexton, New Statesman

"An uproarious comedy. The Phantom of the Open is a rousing salute to a very English strain of nincompoopery – and a wise and witty reminder that that the pleasure of doing something spectacularly badly can outstrip the satisfaction of a job well done."

— Robbie Collin, The Telegraph