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9-year-old Prodigy Movie Critic Perry Chen an Instant Hit on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric
San Diego third-grader has written dozens of film reviews and interviewed acclaimed Pixar Up filmmakers. Perry is a columnist, movie critic, & media personality who reviews family movies in print and on TV, has own Press Seat and loyal following.
Perry is a columnist/movie critic for family movies for “We Chinese in America” weekly newspaper, where he reviews G and PG rated movies on a scale of 1 to 5 Starfish, 5 being the best.
Perry’s sophisticated, insightful, and often humorous movie reviews have caught the attention of producers from “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric”, who produced a special feature to introduce Perry as the most prominent child movie critic in the country, that aired on the show on May 31, 2008. On the same day, the San Diego-based CBS 8 station sent a TV crew to interview Perry and cover the celebration party LIVE at Perry's home where about 40 family friends gathered together to watch the CBS Evening News featuring Perry.
Perry also appeared on Fox 5 San Diego on May 25 for an interview and review of Pixar/Disney’
Renowned filmmakers have taken notice and invited Perry to private interview sessions, including Pixar “Up” director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera whom Perry interviewed on May 4 during their San Diego press tour. Perry was also invited to meet the acclaimed French director Michel Ocelot in San Francisco on March 4, whose movie “Azur & Asmar” received five starfish rating from Perry in his first published review on “We Chinese in America” newspaper on February 20, 2009.
Perry’s movie reviews have also been featured on La Jolla Light, Carmel Valley Leader, Del Mar Times, Solana Beach Sun, and Rancho Santa Fe Record. His movie reviews have generated significant interest in the community and frequent media coverage, including features on San Diego News Network, San Diego Magazine (July 09), La Jolla Light’s five newspapers, Del Mar Village Voice, Carmel Valley News, The China Press, and We Chinese in America.
Perry was born in 2000 in California after his parents Drs. Changyou Chen and Zhu Shen came to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies in biomedical research in 1988 from Beijing, China.
In October 2008, at the Parent-Teacher Conference, Perry’s 3rd grade teacher Joli Harris, told his mom Dr. Zhu Shen that he was already decoding words at high school level. At home, Perry enjoys reading Time Magazine that his mom subscribed. With encouragement from his mom and Ms. Harris, he has have been writing movie reviews ever since.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Perry on this creative project that started to develop in October 2008. It was my desire to stretch and challenge Perry in the area of writing. I love this project because it is so 'real life' and helps to bring to light that writing has purpose and meaning, not just an assignment from a teacher. It is a great marriage of education and entertainment, making it both motivating for Perry to write and for others to read. Perry has been able to grow as a writer through this process, becoming more thoughtful, descriptive, and able to expand on his ideas. Through this, his patience has grown, allowing his love of writing to grow as well. It is my hope that this will inspire others to engage in similar creative pursuits.” Said Harris.
“Working with Perry and collaborating with Ms. Harris on Perry’s movie reviews have been such a rewarding journey for me personally. I firmly believe that each Child has natural talents and so much potential. It could be creative writing, art, science, math, invention, and so on. It’s up to the parents and teachers to uncover and nurture these natural talents in their children and students so that they can unleash their creativity and let their imagination take flight. Perry’
When not attending press screenings or writing movie reviews, Perry enjoys drawing, reading, origami, gardening, writing poems (In English and Chinese), and exploring nature. Perry hopes that a lot of parents will watch many wonderful movies with their children and talk to them about the movies after reading his reviews, which can be found at his website:
Perry can also be reached by Twitter:
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Perry's Previews features reviews by Perry Chen, a renowned 9-year-old critic of G/PG-rated family movies, books, family entertainment & events. Also featured are information and products that combine education & entertainment for young children that are inspirational for their parents and teachers. An educational blog authored by Perry's mom Dr. Zhu Shen will be launched soon, including topics on "How to discover and nurture the genius in your children."