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Searching for Bobby Fischer Reviews

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Alberto Abuín
Blog de cine
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]
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Excellent story about sportsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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James Berardinelli
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 20, 2003
Perfectly realized, exquisitely acted.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
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
Rob Gonsalves
April 9, 2007
An intelligently crafted celebration of introspection and decency.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Revolves around chess but really focuses on those precious values that make life worth living.
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
May 29, 2003
A thoughtful and absorbing family drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
June 3, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
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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Brian Lowry
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."
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
June 11, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 27, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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