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Whiz Kids

Whiz Kids (2009)


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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.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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An unabashed celebration of geekitude, idealism and the will to win.

June 4, 2010
New York Times
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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.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

June 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Harmain is one of three students that filmmaker Tom Shepherd focuses on. Their youthful enthusiasm, and impressive enterprise and intelligence are downright inspiring.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source:

"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.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Captivating, suspenseful, inspirational and profoundly illuminating.

June 6, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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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.

June 5, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

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.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source:

An eager-to-please documentary about teenage science experts, Whiz Kids mostly avoids the dark side of life, though its innocence is somewhat refreshing.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

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.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source:

An extraordinary documentary about three smart, intense, and talented teenagers in the Intel Science Talent Search.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.

June 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

The flippant nomenclature of Whiz Kids, a warm but ultimately unflinching celebration of nascent smarts, is more than simply facile marketing.

June 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A heartwarming bio-pic about three brilliant, young brainiacs guaranteed to restore your faith in America's future while bringing tears to your eyes.

May 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
Sly Fox

The film is exciting, but is somewhat handicapped by the non-public nature of the final competition.

May 30, 2010 Full Review

There is true drama in this, which is different from the kind of false drama found in, say, America's Next Top Model.

May 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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