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Searching for Bobby Fischer Reviews

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Brian Lowry
Variety
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."
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Variety Staff
Variety
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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Michael Booth
Denver Post
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.
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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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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.
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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.
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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 14, 1993
Based on a true story, Searching for Bobby Fischer is a wonderful movie, a delicate and touching drama that takes us deep inside the eccentric competitive mystique of grandmaster chess.
Full Review | Original Score: A