Science Fair

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Science Fair offers further proof that real-life academic competition can make for effortlessly entertaining - and ultimately uplifting - cinema.



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Hailed by critics as "immensely likeable," "brilliant and quirky" and an "ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends," and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, National Geographic Documentary Films' SCIENCE FAIR follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair. As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair. The film, from Fusion Media and directed by the DuPont Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaking team Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, offers a front seat to the victories, defeats and motivations of an incredible group of young men and women who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science.

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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (15)

  • Science Fair may not necessitate a big-screen experience, but there are far lesser ways to spend your study break.

    Nov 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Our heroes develop complex science projects. They cruise to the finals. Excellence is celebrated. Yet the film, though perfectly competent, never quite matches the sheer inventiveness of its young Einsteins.

    Oct 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • "Science Fair" is a celebration of intellect and kids who want to improve the world. Turns out science is pretty cool, after all.

    Oct 4, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • The milieu is intense, the stakes are high, and the science prodigies themselves are fascinating.

    Oct 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There's a certain amount of tension in the proceedings but, as various participants point out, what counts isn't so much winning as it is having the experience.

    Sep 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • High marks for skill and clarity of presentation - it's a real crowd pleaser. But if you want to win Best Documentary in Show, you need to push a little harder - take a risk, and hope you've convinced the audience to pay attention.

    Sep 28, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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