Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Review: Jason Connery’s golf film Tommy’s Honour is two hours drearily wasted

Jack Lowden in Tommy's Honour (2016).

Courtesy of D Films

1.5 out of 4 stars

Tommy’s Honour
Written by
Pamela Marin, Kevin Cook
Directed by
Jason Connery
Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden, Ophelia Lovibond, Sam Neill

If golf is a good walk spoiled, the handsomely shot but subdued period piece Tommy's Honour is two hours drearily wasted. Directed by Sean Connery's golf-loving son, Jason Connery, Tommy's Honour is a beard-y biopic of the 19th-century Scottish golf pioneer Tom Morris and his headstrong ball-whacking son, Tommy. Tom (played by the excellent Peter Mullan) is talented and innovative, but mindful of the class distinctions that prevent him from rising above his station as a caddy and groundskeeper to the "gentlemen" club members at St Andrews. His boy (portrayed by a watchable Jack Lowden) is dashing and unwilling to play by the rules, whether they apply to class rigidity or to a semi-scandalous romance. Although it's a kick to see the rough conditions and the full-on roughhousing of old-world golf, the scenes on the links are repetitive. And while the ending takes a severe dogleg turn to soft-focus sentimentality and the soundtrack hounds us to take this thing seriously, the movie is easily resistible.

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
We have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We expect to have our new commenting system, powered by Talk from the Coral Project, running on our site by the end of April, 2018. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to