Brooklyn Castle
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Brooklyn Castle is the remarkable and improbable true story of I.S. 318 in Brooklyn. The school, where 65% of students live below the federal poverty level, has the highest ranked junior high chess team in the nation. The heart of the film is the engaging young students who populate the team: Rochelle, who has the goal of becoming the first female African-American chess master; Pobo, the team's charismatic leader; Justus, an entering student who must manage the high expectations that come with achieving master status at an early age; Alexis, who feels the pressure of his immigrant… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Brooklyn Castle does a superb job of celebrating the triumph while reinforcing the relentless vigilance it requires from everyone involved."
‑ David Hinckley, New York Daily News
""Brooklyn Castle" easily checkmates your inner cynic."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"With Brooklyn Castle it's really nice to see so many young, positive minds at play in the world, and to cheer on so many smiling children dreaming of enlightened futures."
‑ Elias Savada, Film Threat
"...provides a corrective to the popular image of American schools as obsessed with sports and popularity, and it makes the strongest possible case for funding after-school activities."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
""BROOKLYN CASTLE is a compelling, engaging and inspiring Documentary, featuring Junior High kids that you can relate to. Even if you don't know the game of Chess all too well, it won't stop you from enjoying this pleasant film.""
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Brooklyn Castle is inspiring stuff that grabs you by the throat and will leave you cheering - quietly of course. No shouting in a chess match."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Katie Dellamaggiore's lively and affecting documentary introduces us to a cast of characters that's very winning (in both senses of the word)."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"... a powerful and positive story about dedicated teachers helping kids succeed no matter what their circumstances"
‑ Emily S. Mendel,
"Chess, brilliant young students and great teachers potent mix."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Brooklyn Castle provides a snapshot of indomitable American can-do attitude, and gives one hope."
‑ Brent Simon,
"There's a general spirit of triumph and perseverance to "Brooklyn Castle" that's inevitably uplifting."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's not To Sir, With Love: It's fierce ambition, the channeling of emotion, and hours of drilling."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Like chess, not exactly a high-energy experience but seeing what these kids accomplish, seemingly against all odds is breathtaking all the same."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"The I.S. 318 team? A delightfully motley, vulnerable, multicultural bunch, whose addiction to chess has allowed them higher aspirations for top high schools and, eventually, college and careers. You will root for them like crazy."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"The admirable Brooklyn Castle transcends its formula to become an optimistic look at extracurricular education and young people."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
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