Whiz Kids

2009, Documentary, 1h 22m

19 Reviews Fewer than 50 Ratings

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Three teenagers face enormous challenges as they set their sights on winning the nation's oldest science competition.

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Critic Reviews for Whiz Kids

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (1)

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    February 18, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Though the film seems less like a theatrical release and more like something that might play on an obscure PBS station at 2 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, it's reasonably interesting as a personality study.

    September 23, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An unabashed celebration of geekitude, idealism and the will to win.

    June 4, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • Even though the science fair was something your other classmates did while you mastered Pitfall!, the sights in Whiz Kids will no doubt stir you.

    June 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • Dwelling as much on setbacks and hurdles as on the glitter of competition, this quietly absorbing film is finally more about character formation -- curiosity, persistence, endurance -- than about achievement as a means to some extrinsic social end.

    June 1, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The flippant nomenclature of Whiz Kids, a warm but ultimately unflinching celebration of nascent smarts, is more than simply facile marketing.

    June 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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    February 18, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Though the film seems less like a theatrical release and more like something that might play on an obscure PBS station at 2 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, it's reasonably interesting as a personality study.

    September 23, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An unabashed celebration of geekitude, idealism and the will to win.

    June 4, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • Even though the science fair was something your other classmates did while you mastered Pitfall!, the sights in Whiz Kids will no doubt stir you.

    June 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • When compared to the aged, harrowed scientists who judge the competition, the fading precociousness and optimism that fills these students is refreshing and something Kelydra, Ana and Harmain are lucky to have harnessed in Whiz Kids.

    October 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Harmain is one of three students that filmmaker Tom Shepherd focuses on. Their youthful enthusiasm, and impressive enterprise and intelligence are downright inspiring.

    December 10, 2010 | Full Review…

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  • Jun 13, 2010
    Three young scientists compete for the most prestigious youth science prize in the country in this documentary that follows their journey from regional science fairs to the final competition. Follows in the footsteps of other such documentaries as SPELLBOUND and MAD HOT BALLROOM, and while the stakes here are much higher and the subject much deeper, it ultimately has a "been there, done that" feel to it.
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