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Brooklyn Castle Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 1, 2012
Great story, well-made, what's not to like?
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 1, 2012
I don't know diddly about chess, and I still loved it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 1, 2012
Every player knows the finality when the other player sadly turns over his king, signaling surrender. We know it even better when we do it ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 30, 2012
It's clear that chess isn't just a game; for these students, it can also open doors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
October 27, 2012
The film's structure is routine, but the film doesn't sidestep its more serious issues, while its charming subjects make it a winner both on and off the chessboard.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 25, 2012
It's a wonderful documentary look at an astonishingly successful public-school chess program that manages to be more moving and heartening than you expect. Which is saying a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kayla Webley
TIME Magazine
October 23, 2012
Beyond telling the touching stories of these unlikely champions, Brooklyn Castle serves to raise a battle cry for funding for after-school programs.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
October 23, 2012
As the film offers glimpses of the kids' inner lives and external experiences, it helps you see how expansive both can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
October 23, 2012
There is much of what you expect -- gifted kids, dedicated teacher, tense anticipation, thrilling victories. The characters are endearing and their stories are stirring.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nora Ankrum
Austin Chronicle
October 23, 2012
Set against a backdrop of deep budget cuts and high-stakes testing, this story makes an eloquent plea for the crucial but endangered role of afterschool programs in public education.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 19, 2012
Socioeconomic concerns bring depth to doc about pre-teen chess whizzes.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 19, 2012
As inspirational academic stories go, it doesn't get much better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 19, 2012
"Brooklyn Castle'' is an engaging tale, and the principal is wrong: These kids are much more lovable than the Yankees.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clay Cane
BET.com
October 18, 2012
Heartwarming and educational.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
October 18, 2012
It pays to consider even the small details of society's greatest investment in the future: our future generations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 18, 2012
It's deeply satisfying watching these public school, hard-knock kids win, and Ms. Dellamaggiore knows it.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
October 18, 2012
...a smart and emotionally satisfying documentary that also manages to show that not every American public school is a graffiti-strewn money pit.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
October 18, 2012
There's an irresistible cinematic appeal to watching kids dedicate themselves to fundamentally non-kid-like practices like competitive ballroom dancing or studying etymology to ease their way in spelling bees.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 17, 2012
A great subject goes a long way in this standard but effective entry in the amazing-kids documentary category.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 17, 2012
What may well be the most optimistic, inspiring and downright thrilling movie released all year ...
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