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      A Little Game

      PG 2014 1h 32m Kids & Family Drama List
      40% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 44% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Ostracized at her new school and grief-stricken over her grandmother's death, a 10-year-old girl (Makenna Ballard) learns about persevering in the face of inevitable change from an irascible chessmaster (F. Murray Abraham). Read More Read Less

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      Ben Kenigsberg New York Times Nothing in the film charms like a closing credit: "Filmed entirely in New York City. Obviously." Dec 11, 2014 Full Review Chris Packham Village Voice An OK children's movie that can only be appreciated by kids, who have not yet been callused by the awfulness of both chess metaphors and the old ladies in films who are always spouting gauzy generalities about the magic of life. Dec 9, 2014 Full Review John Noonan FILMINK (Australia) A Little Game does feel light enough to be carried away with the next breeze, but it's hard to fault its charm and its young cast. Aug 12, 2015 Full Review Renee Schonfeld Common Sense Media Earnest coming-of-age film uses chess as a metaphor. Rated: 3/5 Jan 21, 2015 Full Review Frank Lovece Film Journal International This is [director Evan Oppenheimer's] fifth film. He should have the basics down by now. Dec 11, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Thao P Such a heartwarming movie. No drama, no bloody scenes. Started watching with a light heart and finished watching with a fulfilling heart. Enjoyed every single moment without forwarding. Great movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/12/23 Full Review Audience Member The movie is cute and may appeal to some kids bored with nothing to do but there’s better chess movies out there. The movie has a cheap feel to it, very stagy and predictable with no surprises. It feels like a cheap made for TV movie which is essentially what it is. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 08/10/18 Full Review Audience Member What if we made Karate Kid but with a girl learning chess instead, and ironically her father is played by Ralph Machio? This is that movie. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member A cute and interesting movie. Reminds me when I was a kid learning how to play chess. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A LITTLE GAME is the NEXT KARATE KID of chess. It is interesting to note that the one who played the original Karate Kid, Daniel, is now a handsome father in this film. Ralph Macchio plays Max's dad and a handsome one at that. It's not as spectacular as Bobby Fischer's story, but it does pull some heartstrings. I sort of related with young Max because even if I have already let go of my loved ones that went ahead, I still miss them terribly. Sigh. Would I watch it again? I think not, but it's OK for at least one viewing. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member An oscar winner and the karate kid cant save this drivel. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Ostracized at her new school and grief-stricken over her grandmother's death, a 10-year-old girl (Makenna Ballard) learns about persevering in the face of inevitable change from an irascible chessmaster (F. Murray Abraham).
      Director
      Evan Oppenheimer
      Producer
      Michael Mailer, Sammy Silver, Dennis Turcinovic
      Screenwriter
      Evan Oppenheimer
      Production Co
      Michael Mailer Films, Black Sand Pictures, A Little Game
      Rating
      PG (Mild Language|Thematic Elements)
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 5, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 32m