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Science Fair

  • Director: Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 90 min.

Science Fair follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair. As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair.10/08/2018

"Meet the future of science."
- Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
"An irresistible documentary that brims with youthful spirit and high ideals."
- Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Science Fair melts your heart almost as soon as it begins, with an emotional clip that went viral of a young winner who is so overjoyed, he cries on stage while holding his award."
- Monica Castillo,
"An affectionate and supremely entertaining celebration of the all-American nerd, Science Fair may look like a straightforward super-kid contest doc, à la 'Spellbound' and 'Mad Hot Ballroom,' but there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes of Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster’s thoroughly researched crowd-pleaser."
- Peter Debruge, Variety
"It’s impossible not to be charmed by these students, by their aspirations and idealism, not to mention the fact that one of them, or someone like them, may well end up winning a Nobel Prize. It’s also impossible not to recognize, although the movie does not make a political point of it, that a goodly percentage of these participants are first- or second-generation immigrants to the United States. "
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Even in a year of extraordinary documentaries like 'RBG,' 'Won't You Be My Neighbor' and 'Three Identical Strangers,' 'Science Fair' is something special. This infectious and exuberant film wins you over by focusing on the enthusiasm and enviable good spirits of the smart and engaging young people who compete in the Olympics of science fairs."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"'Science Fair' is a celebration of intellect and kids who want to improve the world. Turns out science is pretty cool, after all."
- Adam Graham, Detroit News
"There's a certain amount of tension in the proceedings but, as various participants point out, what counts isn't so much winning as it is having the experience."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews