Searching for Bobby Fischer
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 14, 1993
DVD Release Date: July 11, 2000
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Brian Lowry

Earnest and well-acted, Steve Zaillian's directorial debut explores the price of being a child prodigy while seeking to bring excitement to chess - becoming a kind of cerebral "The Karate Kid."

Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Alberto Abuín

A film full of love and passion for chess, especially when it gets compare with life in general. [Full review in Spanish]

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Variety Staff

Pomeranc is wonderfully real and wide-eyed as Josh, with a raspy voice and slight lisp recalling Linus from the Peanuts cartoons.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Excellent story about sportsmanship.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

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.

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James Berardinelli

Chess may not be the most exciting activity to watch, but Searching for Bobby Fischer makes for engaging entertainment.

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Rob Gonsalves

An intelligently crafted celebration of introspection and decency.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Albert Kim
Thank God for Netflix Instant Stream. This is a movie that flew under the radar for a very long time and, to a good surprise, it was a great movie. You're… More
Aj V
A great family film, a good drama, and it's based on a true story. I really liked this movie.
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I feel like changing things up today. I want to talk about one of my favorite movies in the entire world: Searching for Bobby Fischer. I sincerely hope you all… More
erika bruhns
this film was just ok. This film was on the weak side but i liked how the kid got so good at chess.
Mark Walker
Films that have their titles changed tend to be trying to market something else and normally raise alarm bells as to why the change was even neccessary. Where I… More
Dean McKenna
Really interesting drama family tale of a genius chess boy. I love the final chess championship competition. (I'm disappointed it has no English subtitles… More

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