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Searching for Bobby Fischer Reviews

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August 29, 2016
A film full of love and passion for chess, especially when it gets compare with life in general. [Full review in Spanish]
March 10, 2011
Earnest and well-acted, Steve Zaillian's directorial debut explores the price of being a child prodigy while seeking to bring excitement to chess - becoming a kind of cerebral "The Karate Kid."
January 2, 2011
Excellent story about sportsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 26, 2009
Pomeranc is wonderfully real and wide-eyed as Josh, with a raspy voice and slight lisp recalling Linus from the Peanuts cartoons.
February 8, 2008
The mystery of Fischer's talent and torment adds depth to Searching for Bobby Fischer, about a young New York chess prodigy who doesn't want his genius to ruin his life.
April 9, 2007
An intelligently crafted celebration of introspection and decency.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 24, 2006
True, James Horner's score seems to have strayed in from a fists-in-the-air crowd-pleaser, but it's the one weak link in an accomplished, unexpectedly winning movie.
August 30, 2004
What Bobby Fischer took away, dashing the hopes and the innocence of his acolytes when he spurned chess, may never truly be recaptured. But some of it has found its way to the screen.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
July 20, 2003
Perfectly realized, exquisitely acted.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 29, 2003
A thoughtful and absorbing family drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
December 30, 2002
It takes a lot to make the story of chess-playing little boys as absorbing as this one.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 21, 2002
Revolves around chess but really focuses on those precious values that make life worth living.
October 9, 2001
The film's simple message is that no one thing should ever dominate anyone's life, no matter how good he or she is at it.
| Original Score: 4/4
July 25, 2001
A thoughtful, meaning-filled movie that's deliberate in pace, low-key in style, but important in what it has to say and ultimately satisfying in its careful execution.
Read More | Original Score: 81/100
January 1, 2000
Chess may not be the most exciting activity to watch, but Searching for Bobby Fischer makes for engaging entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
If we can operate at the genius level in a given field, does that mean we must -- even if the cost is the sort of endless purgatory a Bobby Fischer has inhabited? It's an interesting question, and this movie doesn't avoid it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
As the boy with a cute little lisp, who emerges from his toy room to mastermind his kings, queens and bishops to tactical victory, Pomeranc imbues the movie with irresistible naivete.
January 1, 2000
Searching for Bobby Fischer does for chess what The Karate Kid did for martial arts, albeit with considerably more complexity and class.
January 1, 2000
Even if you know nothing about the game of chess, I still recommend it to you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Searching for Bobby Fischer approaches Josh's fears and self-doubt very effectively and does so with a lot of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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