Brooklyn Castle Synopsis
Budget cuts threaten the existence of a New York school's championship chess team.
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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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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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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Washington Post

Enlightening, inspiring and expertly crafted documentary.
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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....
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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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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...
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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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By hockeymomminneapolis
We took our 9 year old son to this, and although it was occasionally slow, he sat through it all and talked about it on the ride home. Great story, and it felt like a documentary only at the...

What absolutely inspiring kids! MUST SEE!

By kamcva
These kids are absolutely inspiring! This is real life, folks -- not "kid grows up on wrong side of tracks and magically does great." These kids grow up in Brooklyn with very little and they find the...

Wonderful Story

By rwleftwi
You will enjoy this even if you are not a chess player....

Inspiring movie

By blheath2012
This was an excellent movie showing what can be done in our schools with teachers and adults that care. The lessons these kids learn while competing in Chess Tournaments are life lessons that will...


By ScottFro
Just a great true to life little flick, and just a wonderful story. Go see it today!...

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Rated PG | For Some Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Kids discover life on and off chess board in moving docu.
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