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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
November 1, 2012
Enlightening, inspiring and expertly crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
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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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
October 16, 2012
We ... gain a keen sense of how chess in particular helps otherwise academically challenged kids find a way into their own brains.
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David Fear
Time Out
October 16, 2012
If the film occasionally bumps up against the limitations of its Spellbound-like template, its refusal to ignore the social issues outside of the classroom proves it's more than simply a novelty human-interest story with impressive knight moves.
| Original Score: 3/5
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October 15, 2012
It would be easy for this film to be a very obvious, very shallow story in which the moral is that even kids from the worst possible circumstances can succeed. That's not what it's about.