Searching for Bobby Fischer


Action / Biography / Drama / Sport

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100% · 45 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86% · 10K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.4/10 10 41781 41.8K

Top cast

Laura Linney as School Teacher
William H. Macy as Tunafish Father
Ben Kingsley as Bruce Pandolfini
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by classicsoncall 8 / 10

"So what's your best move?"

The focus on chess was one thing, but what I enjoyed the most was observing how the styles of Bruce Pandolfini (Ben Kingsley) and street player Vinnie (Laurence Fishburne) clashed and eventually came together to mold young Josh Waitzkin (Max Pomeranc) into the kind of chess master he was capable of becoming. The story itself is a rather formulaic one that parallels a lot of the better sports movies. The central character initially shows signs of being a prodigy, wins a lot of contests, suffers a moment of self doubt when another excellent player threatens to outshine him, withdraws from playing for a while, and then returns to victory at which point the accolades flow for the victor. What's more meaningful for Josh, and particularly for the viewer, is the human dynamic at play between Josh and his father (Joe Mantegna), who shows signs of being the ultimate 'sports dad', but realizes before it's too late that he needs to maintain his son's respect ahead of winning at all costs. The film managed to strike a very fine balance in that regard, with Josh's Mom (Joan Allen) holding her husband's feet to the fire.

The only thing that troubled me in the story was Pandolfini's attempt to persuade Josh to hold his opponents in contempt, a style that worked for chess champion Bobby Fischer, if you want to consider that Fischer's penchant for disappearing years at a time to be commendable. Josh wasn't built like Fischer, and so he greeted his opposition with an informal 'Hi' and didn't believe in going for the throat. The most memorable scene in the film occurs when Josh offered Jonathan Poe (Michael Nirenberg) an opportunity for a draw and a share in the championship. That was a very magnanimous gesture for a young kid to make, demonstrating a person of character rather than one who would win at any price. A very good lesson for youngsters and parents alike.

As a chess player, I'm not very good myself and could never get the hang of thinking twelve steps ahead the way the story hints at. Heck, I couldn't think past the next move in most cases, which would have made me very easy to beat by a seven year old master. Even if chess isn't your thing, there's value in watching this picture because it's more than just a story about winning and losing. It reveals how different paths can get one to a desired outcome, and how sometimes those paths can conflict yet come together to produce a champion.

Reviewed by kosmasp 8 / 10


Well actually that is not true, because nobody is fishing, they are playing chess ... oh wait, I was being funny with the summary line because of the title. Now I get it. Kidding aside, this could make a good double feature with this years "Queens Gambit" (yes the latter is a show, but thematically they are close to each other - all that chess - another pun? Why not, right?).

Finding good child actors is not easy, but they found one that is quite good for this one. But apart from him, the movie is riddled with great actors. Even in the smallest parts. It's amazing how they put them all together to be frank. But they had a known casting director doing the job, so there is that. The movie may be a bit predictable, but that doesn't change the tension that can be felt throughout. Good movie that I didn't even know about

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 8 / 10

Wonderful heart warming film

Josh Waitzkin is a regular boy in NYC who quickly picks up the game of chess. He befriends chess hustler Vinnie (Laurence Fishburne) who plays in Washington Square. Josh's parents (Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen) hire chess coach Bruce Pandolfini (Ben Kingsley) who tries to teach him regimented chess. It's a struggle for Josh's heart between his two mentors Vinnie and Bruce.

This is truly a wonderful movie. It is all heart. Max Pomeranc plays it with so much feeling with so few words. I love that he deliberately loses to his father at the start. He's a boy who is trying to grow up and many times, he shows that he's actually the adult in the relationships. Director Steven Zaillian makes so many great moves. And the great actors are all doing their parts. It's a really sweet movie.

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