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Brooklyn Castle (2012)

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96

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 2

Brooklyn Castle is a warm, engaging, and even uplifting documentary about chess-playing whiz kids.

92

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 2

Brooklyn Castle is a warm, engaging, and even uplifting documentary about chess-playing whiz kids.

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Brooklyn Castle is the remarkable and improbable true story of I.S. 318 in Brooklyn. The school, where 65% of students live below the federal poverty level, has the highest ranked junior high chess team in the nation. The heart of the film is the engaging young students who populate the team: Rochelle, who has the goal of becoming the first female African-American chess master; Pobo, the team's charismatic leader; Justus, an entering student who must manage the high expectations that come with

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Jun 4, 2013

$0.2M

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Brooklyn Castle does a superb job of celebrating the triumph while reinforcing the relentless vigilance it requires from everyone involved.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Brooklyn Castle is inspiring stuff that grabs you by the throat and will leave you cheering - quietly of course. No shouting in a chess match.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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There's a general spirit of triumph and perseverance to "Brooklyn Castle" that's inevitably uplifting.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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"Brooklyn Castle" easily checkmates your inner cynic.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Katie Dellamaggiore's lively and affecting documentary introduces us to a cast of characters that's very winning (in both senses of the word).

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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It's not To Sir, With Love: It's fierce ambition, the channeling of emotion, and hours of drilling.

November 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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With Brooklyn Castle it's really nice to see so many young, positive minds at play in the world, and to cheer on so many smiling children dreaming of enlightened futures.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

... a powerful and positive story about dedicated teachers helping kids succeed no matter what their circumstances

December 10, 2012 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Like chess, not exactly a high-energy experience but seeing what these kids accomplish, seemingly against all odds is breathtaking all the same.

December 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

...provides a corrective to the popular image of American schools as obsessed with sports and popularity, and it makes the strongest possible case for funding after-school activities.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Chess, brilliant young students and great teachers potent mix.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The I.S. 318 team? A delightfully motley, vulnerable, multicultural bunch, whose addiction to chess has allowed them higher aspirations for top high schools and, eventually, college and careers. You will root for them like crazy.

November 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

"BROOKLYN CASTLE is a compelling, engaging and inspiring Documentary, featuring Junior High kids that you can relate to. Even if you don't know the game of Chess all too well, it won't stop you from enjoying this pleasant film."

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

Brooklyn Castle provides a snapshot of indomitable American can-do attitude, and gives one hope.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

The admirable Brooklyn Castle transcends its formula to become an optimistic look at extracurricular education and young people.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
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