Steve Daly
July 08, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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-

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