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Searching for Bobby Fischer
Searching for Bobby Fischer was inspired by the life of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin, as written by his father Fred Waitzkin. Josh (Max Pomeranc) is a "regular kid" who begins evincing signs of being a genius at chess. His father (Joe Mantegna) encourages this, hoping that it won't fundamentally change his son's healthy outlook on life. But Josh is taken under the wing of cold-blooded chess instructor Bruce Pandolfini (Ben Kingsley), who indoctrinates the boy in the "Bobby Fischer" strategy. Unfortunately, Pandolfini emphasizes all of Fischer's negative traits,… More

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"Pomeranc is wonderfully real and wide-eyed as Josh, with a raspy voice and slight lisp recalling Linus from the Peanuts cartoons."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Excellent story about sportsmanship."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"A thoughtful and absorbing family drama."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"The film's simple message is that no one thing should ever dominate anyone's life, no matter how good he or she is at it."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"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."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Chess may not be the most exciting activity to watch, but Searching for Bobby Fischer makes for engaging entertainment."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"An intelligently crafted celebration of introspection and decency."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"It takes a lot to make the story of chess-playing little boys as absorbing as this one."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A thoughtful, meaning-filled movie that's deliberate in pace, low-key in style, but important in what it has to say and ultimately satisfying in its careful execution."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Searching for Bobby Fischer does for chess what The Karate Kid did for martial arts, albeit with considerably more complexity and class."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Perfectly realized, exquisitely acted."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Revolves around chess but really focuses on those precious values that make life worth living."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Even if you know nothing about the game of chess, I still recommend it to you."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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