Bobby Fischer Against The World Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
February 3, 2012
An affective portrait of an intense, obsessed man and a tense, twisty, and occasionally inspiring narrative surrounding the Fischer-Spassky match.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 2, 2012
Absorbing documentary biopic on the former world chess champion Bobby Fischer.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
September 29, 2011
Tackles the iconoclastic nature of its subject both personally and professionally, making a persuasive, emotionally involving case for the dark, troubled flipside of genius.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 22, 2011
A once-in-a-lifetime character makes for a fascinating documentary subject in producer-director Liz Garbus' "Bobby Fischer Against the World."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 16, 2011
Liz Garbus's documentary about the great American chess champion Bobby Fischer does its level best to avoid the easy cliché equating madness and genius, except that, in the case of Fischer, the cliché apparently holds up.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
September 15, 2011
A gripping film about a subject almost too good to be true.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 8, 2011
Tactfully but strongly posits a connection between the genius he brought to an infinitely complex game and the madness that defined his relationship to just about everything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
September 8, 2011
at once the director's most accomplished and entrancing film to date
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 7, 2011
Supplies a cracked, conflicted genius trapped in his ceaseless endgame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 6, 2011
Garbus handles this decline with tact. The sorry spectacle of the ranting codger never effaces the image of the boy concentrating his entire being over a chessboard. You have to love that kid and pity him.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
August 17, 2011
Garbus tells his story with aplomb, placing it in the greater context of the Cold War, and also examining the human toll and anguish Fischer brought upon himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
What sets this film aside from being a conventional biographical account of Fischer's life and career, is when it examines the nature of genius and why Fischer was so unpredictable, erratic and eventually intensely paranoid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 12, 2011
This is an utterly compelling insight into modern history, psychology, international politics and boardgame warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 20, 2011
Garbus's portrait of Fischer as a lonely child and a monomaniacal young chess player becomes a portrait of his times as well...
July 18, 2011
The film may stick to the standard rise-and-fall story arc, but it does pull together a lot of fascinating archival material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
July 17, 2011
[A] fascinating but rather low-key documentary...
Anthony Quinn
Independent
July 15, 2011
It's a sad story of genius paying for the gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 15, 2011
It's a life so incredible and so tragic that even those with no knowledge of chess will be enthralled.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
July 15, 2011
A fascinating, darkly humorous but ultimately disturbing portrait of troubled genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
July 15, 2011
Bobby Fischer Against The World could be six times as long and still have you on the edge of your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
June 8, 2011
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