Whiz Kids (2010)

Whiz Kids

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America was once the world's leader in scientific and technological research, but at the dawn of the 21st century, the nation's standing had begun to slip, and as cuts in school funding and a lack of emphasis on science under the George W. Bush administration took their toll, an international study revealed that students in 25 major nations consistently scored higher in math and science than their counterparts in the United States. As American schools strive to reprioritize science and math, the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jane C. Wagner
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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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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An unabashed celebration of geekitude, idealism and the will to win.

June 4, 2010
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | June 1, 2010
Village Voice
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Harmain is one of three students that filmmaker Tom Shepherd focuses on. Their youthful enthusiasm, and impressive enterprise and intelligence are downright inspiring.

Full Review… | December 10, 2010
KPBS.org

"Spellbound" taken to far greater heights. A touching and honest portrayal of the fight to be the best in the least glitzy business in America---science.

Full Review… | July 9, 2010
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