Imagine a school where the cool kids are the chess team! This irresistibly uplifting doc tells the stories of five members of the chess team at an inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country.
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Rotten: The message is that chess can motivate working-class kids to become better students, and though that's nice to know, the movie doesn't illustrate this theme in much depth.
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fresh: Castle is suspenseful, funny and, particularly in its depiction of the challenging home lives of some of the kids, moving.
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fresh: It's not To Sir, With Love: It's fierce ambition, the channeling of emotion, and hours of drilling.
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Fantastic, inspirational, warm-hearted true story--a can't miss documentary. Goes on a little longer than it probably should, but watching the improbable story unfold is unquestionably captivating. "Brooklyn Castle" is a documentary about I.S. 318 - an inner-city school where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level - that also happens to have the best junior high school chess team in the country. Chess has transformed the school from "school in need of improvement" in 2003, to one of New York City's best. But a series of recession-driven pubic school budget cuts now threaten to undermine those hard-won successes. The second act of the film loses its sense of direction, but finds its footing again in the third act when the focus is on the kids and the intense competition of the tournaments. If you feel that the country's educational system is in a perpetual downward spiral, and no one really cares, be sure to give it a watch. It's sure to give you at least some hope for our nation's future. For additional reviews visit: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/member/Nesbitt10
- fb100004905157511, Saturday, January 4, 2014
I cried - and any film that manages to elicit emotions from this face deserves top praise. I found myself wrapped up in each of these children's stories, unable to turn away from the real-life drama going on in the school. Each person is a character, especially Pobo. I hope he runs this country one day - we need someone like him.
- fb1241416636, Monday, August 19, 2013
Or the Nerds Shall Inherit The Earth... Such an inspiring and interesting story about a chess club team from a Jr High School in Brooklyn. There are so many stories here to tell, and they're all so interesting that the film never feels like its dragging. It makes a good case for better funding for schools without explicitly making the case. You care so much about these students and see how chess has helped them in their lives to be more confident and have better problem solving skills that you want every kid to have that. You don't worry about the politics of the issues or how the problem has to be fixed, you just want it fixed. It's a really wonderful film about how hope can change a community.
- fb704666045, Monday, June 2, 2014