100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
See it, and I dare you not to care about what happens to these kids, these Yankees of chess.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Katie Dellamaggiore's inspiring documentary covers two years in the history of the school chess team, during which one team member, Rochelle Ballantyn, approaches her dream of becoming the first female African-American grandmaster in U.S history.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
The feel-good documentary is engaging enough to draw a respectable audience at arthouses, but distribs should work for exposure within communities like the ones this school serves.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A sweet testament to the power of intelligence to win over adversity - even in a Brooklyn middle school where the majority of students live below the poverty level.
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75

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Brooklyn Castle is an engaging tale, and the principal is wrong: These kids are much more lovable than the Yankees.
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75

Washington Post

Enlightening, inspiring and expertly crafted documentary.
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75

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
The biggest complaint about Brooklyn Castle is that there's not enough of her. A presence as magnetic as Vicary's demands more screen time. How did she come to chess (a notoriously male-dominated game)? How did she come to 318?
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A great subject goes a long way in this standard but effective entry in the amazing-kids documentary category.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
You might hope for a bit more depth on the kids Dellamaggiore profiles - perhaps she could have homed in on, say, two of them - but this is really nitpicking. The film is well made and genuinely inspirational.
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63

Slant Magazine

It pays to consider even the small details of society's greatest investment in the future: our future generations.
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77 out of 100
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