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Brooklyn Castle Reviews

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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
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Brooklyn Castle does a superb job of celebrating the triumph while reinforcing the relentless vigilance it requires from everyone involved.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

October 7, 2013
Elias Savada
Film Threat

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.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 6, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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There's a general spirit of triumph and perseverance to "Brooklyn Castle" that's inevitably uplifting.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

March 1, 2013

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 22, 2013
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: A-

January 22, 2013

Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 22, 2013
Emily S. Mendel

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

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December 10, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

December 8, 2012
Sarah Boslaugh

...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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 8/10

November 22, 2012
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Chess, brilliant young students and great teachers potent mix.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B plus

November 16, 2012
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Brooklyn Castle" easily checkmates your inner cynic.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 15, 2012
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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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).

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 15, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's not To Sir, With Love: It's fierce ambition, the channeling of emotion, and hours of drilling.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

November 14, 2012
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

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.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

November 12, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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We meet five of the team's members and several of their teachers; by its end, you'll be rooting for them all.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 8, 2012
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

"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."

Full Review Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 3/4

November 2, 2012
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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Enlightening, inspiring and expertly crafted.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2012
Brent Simon

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

November 1, 2012
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

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

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2012

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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John Hazelton
Screen International
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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
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