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Searching for Bobby Fischer Reviews

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Brian Lowry
March 10, 2011
Earnest and well-acted, Steve Zaillian's directorial debut explores the price of being a child prodigy while seeking to bring excitement to chess - becoming a kind of cerebral "The Karate Kid."
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Excellent story about sportsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Pomeranc is wonderfully real and wide-eyed as Josh, with a raspy voice and slight lisp recalling Linus from the Peanuts cartoons.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 8, 2008
The mystery of Fischer's talent and torment adds depth to Searching for Bobby Fischer, about a young New York chess prodigy who doesn't want his genius to ruin his life.
Rob Gonsalves
April 9, 2007
An intelligently crafted celebration of introspection and decency.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
True, James Horner's score seems to have strayed in from a fists-in-the-air crowd-pleaser, but it's the one weak link in an accomplished, unexpectedly winning movie.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
What Bobby Fischer took away, dashing the hopes and the innocence of his acolytes when he spurned chess, may never truly be recaptured. But some of it has found its way to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 20, 2003
Perfectly realized, exquisitely acted.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
May 29, 2003
A thoughtful and absorbing family drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
It takes a lot to make the story of chess-playing little boys as absorbing as this one.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Revolves around chess but really focuses on those precious values that make life worth living.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 9, 2001
The film's simple message is that no one thing should ever dominate anyone's life, no matter how good he or she is at it.
| Original Score: 4/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2001
A thoughtful, meaning-filled movie that's deliberate in pace, low-key in style, but important in what it has to say and ultimately satisfying in its careful execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
Both as intelligent cinema and rousing entertainment, Searching for Bobby Fischer is a winner not to be overlooked. Chess ... who'd have guessed?
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
If we can operate at the genius level in a given field, does that mean we must -- even if the cost is the sort of endless purgatory a Bobby Fischer has inhabited? It's an interesting question, and this movie doesn't avoid it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
As the boy with a cute little lisp, who emerges from his toy room to mastermind his kings, queens and bishops to tactical victory, Pomeranc imbues the movie with irresistible naivete.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Searching for Bobby Fischer does for chess what The Karate Kid did for martial arts, albeit with considerably more complexity and class.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Even if you know nothing about the game of chess, I still recommend it to you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 1, 2000
Searching for Bobby Fischer approaches Josh's fears and self-doubt very effectively and does so with a lot of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The script is so very rich, and different viewers will be able to latch onto different thematic and personally meaningful aspects without sacrificing the overall blend.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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