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Brooklyn Castle Reviews

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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
October 7, 2013
Brooklyn Castle does a superb job of celebrating the triumph while reinforcing the relentless vigilance it requires from everyone involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elias Savada
Film Threat
June 6, 2013
With Brooklyn Castle it's really nice to see so many young, positive minds at play in the world, and to cheer on so many smiling children dreaming of enlightened futures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 28, 2013
Brooklyn Castle is inspiring stuff that grabs you by the throat and will leave you cheering - quietly of course. No shouting in a chess match.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 1, 2013
There's a general spirit of triumph and perseverance to "Brooklyn Castle" that's inevitably uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emily S. Mendel
December 10, 2012
... a powerful and positive story about dedicated teachers helping kids succeed no matter what their circumstances
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
December 8, 2012
Like chess, not exactly a high-energy experience but seeing what these kids accomplish, seemingly against all odds is breathtaking all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sarah Boslaugh
November 22, 2012
...provides a corrective to the popular image of American schools as obsessed with sports and popularity, and it makes the strongest possible case for funding after-school activities.
| Original Score: 8/10
James Verniere
Boston Herald
November 16, 2012
Chess, brilliant young students and great teachers potent mix.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
November 15, 2012
"Brooklyn Castle" easily checkmates your inner cynic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 15, 2012
Katie Dellamaggiore's lively and affecting documentary introduces us to a cast of characters that's very winning (in both senses of the word).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 14, 2012
It's not To Sir, With Love: It's fierce ambition, the channeling of emotion, and hours of drilling.
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
November 12, 2012
The I.S. 318 team? A delightfully motley, vulnerable, multicultural bunch, whose addiction to chess has allowed them higher aspirations for top high schools and, eventually, college and careers. You will root for them like crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 8, 2012
We meet five of the team's members and several of their teachers; by its end, you'll be rooting for them all.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
November 2, 2012
"BROOKLYN CASTLE is a compelling, engaging and inspiring Documentary, featuring Junior High kids that you can relate to. Even if you don't know the game of Chess all too well, it won't stop you from enjoying this pleasant film."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
November 1, 2012
Enlightening, inspiring and expertly crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
November 1, 2012
Brooklyn Castle provides a snapshot of indomitable American can-do attitude, and gives one hope.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
November 1, 2012
The admirable Brooklyn Castle transcends its formula to become an optimistic look at extracurricular education and young people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Leydon
November 1, 2012
An irresistibly uplifting doc.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 1, 2012
Castle is suspenseful, funny and, particularly in its depiction of the challenging home lives of some of the kids, moving.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 1, 2012
The message is that chess can motivate working-class kids to become better students, and though that's nice to know, the movie doesn't illustrate this theme in much depth.
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