Brooklyn Castle
Brooklyn Castle (2012)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 19, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brooklyn Castle is a warm, engaging, and even uplifting documentary about chess-playing whiz kids.

David Hinckley
New York Daily News

Brooklyn Castle does a superb job of celebrating the triumph while reinforcing the relentless vigilance it requires from everyone involved.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

"Brooklyn Castle" easily checkmates your inner cynic.

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Elias Savada
Film Threat

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.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

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.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Katie Dellamaggiore's lively and affecting documentary introduces us to a cast of characters that's very winning (in both senses of the word).

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Emily S. Mendel

... a powerful and positive story about dedicated teachers helping kids succeed no matter what their circumstances

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Tom Long
Detroit News

There's a general spirit of triumph and perseverance to "Brooklyn Castle" that's inevitably uplifting.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's not To Sir, With Love: It's fierce ambition, the channeling of emotion, and hours of drilling.

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Like chess, not exactly a high-energy experience but seeing what these kids accomplish, seemingly against all odds is breathtaking all the same.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
One one level, "Brooklyn Castle" is an occasionally suspenseful documentary that also makes unfortunate use of stop motion effects about the dynasty… More