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Searching for Bobby Fischer

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Steven Zaillian

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Plot Summary

If you've been searching for a "stand-up-and-cheer movie" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), a film "not only to enjoy but to cherish" (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times), look no further – you've found Searching for Bobby Fischer. Josh Waitzkin (Max Pomeranc) is a typical seven-year-old who happens to be a chess prodigy. Joe Mantegna stars as Josh's Father, a sportswriter determined to see his son become a champion. Searching for Bobby Fischer is about their heartwarming journey of discovery, as a father and son learn the one thing neither can afford to lose: their love for each other. Laurence Fishburne and Ben Kingsley deliver powerful supporting performances in this uplifting film that's rich with all the promise and wonder of life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: What Bobby Fischer took away, dashing the hopes and the innocence of his acolytes when he spurned chess, may never truly be recaptured. But some of it has found its way to the screen. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jun 28, 2010

Fresh: Based on a true story, Searching for Bobby Fischer is a wonderful movie, a delicate and touching drama that takes us deep inside the eccentric competitive mystique of grandmaster chess. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 3, 2015

Fresh: Earnest and well-acted, Steve Zaillian's directorial debut explores the price of being a child prodigy while seeking to bring excitement to chess - becoming a kind of cerebral "The Karate Kid." – Brian Lowry, Variety, Jul 3, 2015

Fresh: Pomeranc is wonderfully real and wide-eyed as Josh, with a raspy voice and slight lisp recalling Linus from the Peanuts cartoons. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed this movie.

This movie has really stuck with me, a nice cast and an involving story. I saw it at the cinema and really enjoyed it. If I happen to catch it, on a weekend afternoon, on TV, I usually get caught up in it and watch the whole thing. I always associate it with Jody Foster's "Little Man Tate", a _fictional_ story, also about a boy prodigy. I get involved in the kid's journey, the excitement or fear of his new circumstances. "Searching for Bobby Fischer" may appeal more to men with it's father/son theme (more than "Little Man Tate").

Truly Amazing Movie

This movie is so amazing. Its a amazing insight into how the mind works across generations.


I absolutely HATE chess. But yet, I loved this movie. Though I cannot wrap my head around how you move the pieces, this has definately made me motivated about a lot of things in life. You don't need to be a chess-obsesser to absolutely fall in love with this beautiful story.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2000

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