I heard some more cynical folks coming out of the screening with negative opinions. On the other hand I completely enjoyed this film. It's not quite as captivating as Spellbound or Mad Hot Ballroom. But as opposed to the former film the activity they're engaged in is so clearly positive, win or lose, that you don't have the feeling that you're watching the kids being traumatized for life.
I guess if you're looking to nitpick there are so many kids that you don't get to really feel like you know any of them that well. And there are times where learning more about the toy's technical aspects might have been interesting. Even so I found myself laughing out loud repeatedly and feeling this is a great, inspirational activity for kids. The fact that there wasn't one huge star kid may make the point better than anything else that this is an activity that almost any child would benefit from. They produce widely divergent games ranging from boxing to pool baseball, games around family social dynamics to one on climate change. That last one, done by a group of girl scouts was a highlight of the film for me. Also loved the team that produced a simple in concept but technically challenging boxing game.
A film for any age this was just simple fun from start to finish. "They needed to build a circuit. A week ago they didn't know what a circuit was, but they didn't see that as a problem.". How can you watch kids being creative like that before they start to get messages that being smart isn't cool and not at least have a good time?