• PG, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Steven Zaillian
    In Theaters:
    Aug 14, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 11, 2000
  • Paramount Home Video

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Searching for Bobby Fischer Reviews

Brian Lowry
Variety
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March 10, 2011
Variety Staff
Variety
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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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March 26, 2009
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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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.

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February 8, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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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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June 24, 2006
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/4

August 30, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Chess may not be the most exciting activity to watch, but Searching for Bobby Fischer makes for engaging entertainment.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Searching for Bobby Fischer does for chess what The Karate Kid did for martial arts, albeit with considerably more complexity and class.

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January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

August 14, 1993
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