Whiz Kids (2009)
Average Rating: 7/10
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Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 1
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America was once the world's leader in scientific and technological research, but at the dawn of the 21st century, the nation's standing had begun to slip, and as cuts in school funding and a lack of emphasis on science under the George W. Bush administration took their toll, an international study revealed that students in 25 major nations consistently scored higher in math and science than their counterparts in the United States. As American schools strive to reprioritize science and math, the
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Though the film seems less like a theatrical release and more like something that might play on an obscure PBS station at 2 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, it's reasonably interesting as a personality study.
An unabashed celebration of geekitude, idealism and the will to win.
Even though the science fair was something your other classmates did while you mastered Pitfall!, the sights in Whiz Kids will no doubt stir you.
Dwelling as much on setbacks and hurdles as on the glitter of competition, this quietly absorbing film is finally more about character formation -- curiosity, persistence, endurance -- than about achievement as a means to some extrinsic social end.
Harmain is one of three students that filmmaker Tom Shepherd focuses on. Their youthful enthusiasm, and impressive enterprise and intelligence are downright inspiring.
"Spellbound" taken to far greater heights. A touching and honest portrayal of the fight to be the best in the least glitzy business in America---science.
All three kids are disarmingly charming and ambitious, which means that the directors don't have to work very hard to get you rooting for them to succeed.
Whiz Kids keeps you in suspense about who'll take home the $100,000 prize, but it's clear that all these kids know how to apply the American credo of equal opportunity to the notion of competition. And win.
Inside look at the Intel competition celebrates the U.S. is still an intellectual meritocracy where smart kids in public schools can work hard, excel and gain recognition.
An extraordinary documentary about three smart, intense, and talented teenagers in the Intel Science Talent Search.
Shepard has chosen compelling characters and developed moving drama, and one can't help but both be awed by these teenagers and just want to give them a hug.
The flippant nomenclature of Whiz Kids, a warm but ultimately unflinching celebration of nascent smarts, is more than simply facile marketing.
A heartwarming bio-pic about three brilliant, young brainiacs guaranteed to restore your faith in America's future while bringing tears to your eyes.
The film is exciting, but is somewhat handicapped by the non-public nature of the final competition.
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