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.
Emanuel Levy
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
June 3, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
February 11, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
June 11, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 27, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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