Director: John Leguizamo Run Time: 117 min. Rating: Not Rated
CRITICAL THINKING is based on the story of the 1998 Miami Jackson Senior High School chess team that defied the odds and overcame incredible adversity to become the first urban high school to win the U.S. Chess National Championship. John Leguizamo stars as Mario Martinez, the determined high school teacher who’s unwavering belief in his students set in motion the rise of the Miami Jackson chess team from the city streets of1998 Miami, to the spotlight as national champions.
“It’s still, in the end, a bit of a connect-the-inspirational-dots movie, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be inspired.” ~ Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“… in Leguizamo’s hands, Critical Thinking is a prime example of how stories should be when celebrating victories from students. It’s their story, their victory. Everyone has a role to play, a move to make.” ~ Douglas Davidson, Elements of Madness
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