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Searching for Bobby Fischer

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Searching for Bobby Fischer

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
performer:
Joan Allen, Joe Mantegna, Max Pomeranc, Laurence Fishburne, Dan Hedaya, Ben Kingsley, Laura Linney, William H. Macy
director:
Steven Zaillian
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

Chess isn’t the most compelling game going on in Searching for Bobby Fischer, a wonderfully photographed story about a 7-year-old prodigy (Max Pomeranc) on whom everybody’s putting the moves: his consumed-with-winning dad (Joe Mantegna); his mom (Joan Allen), who wants her child back; and two competing mentors, Pandolfini (Ben Kingsley) and compassionate park-bench hustler Vinnie (Laurence Fishburne). Writer-director Steven Zallian, who adapted Schindler’s List for Steven Spielberg, can’t resist going E.T.-bathetic, but before that, the possibility that this child may wind up spindled by talent is riveting. A-