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Computer Chess Reviews

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Amy Taubin
Artforum
August 7, 2014
The movie seems like something retrieved from a thirty-five-year-old time capsule, which, in terms of the speed of technological change over that period, might have been light years away.
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014
It's the type of film that introduces a type of funny that you didn't know existed, that isn't based in popular culture or punchlines or pratfalls or virtually anything that we've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
Those weird elements don't take over the film, but they certainly make it a more delirious experience. It helps, though, that it's still grounded by real-feeling characters and an offbeat, low-key sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 31, 2014
Might bore viewers like myself who are not chess or techie knowledgeable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Will Leitch
Deadspin
December 30, 2013
Strange, hilarious and curiously moving.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
December 19, 2013
As much as it is comedy, Computer Chess is also a treatise on isolation, social hierarchy and the crippling male fear of inadequacy
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 17, 2013
I really don't know what to think of this movie. It did not do much for me. It was neither interesting nor compelling. A number of ideas are brought up, but I could not see that they go anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Tara Brady
Irish Times
November 27, 2013
Think vintage found footage meets wilfully anachronistic dot matrix art. And then think way, way outside the box.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
November 24, 2013
Odd, but in a good(ish) way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound
November 22, 2013
The code for the future has already been written - and as Bujalski seeks to discover who we are and where we come from (not just as wired-in 21st-century users but as human beings), it's checkmate in 12 hilariously unorthodox moves.
Adam Lowes
HeyUGuys
November 22, 2013
Computer Chess will fill you full of nostalgia for the analogue era, which is quite a feat in this pristine, HD-obsessed world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
November 22, 2013
Like early Cronenberg, but funnier and sweeter, Computer Chess brings a dysfunctional, pioneering community to life. Bujalski must do a sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 21, 2013
A fascinating, genuinely strange and experimental film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
November 21, 2013
Director Andrew Bujalski's archly low-tech and improvised comedies can have a richly chortling edge and a nicely crude virtuosity and collegiate intelligence and warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Laidlaw
The List
November 21, 2013
Its hilarious yet sombre approach harks back to the world of Hal Hartley, whilst creating a wholly original and at times perplexing incarnation of American indie cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny
November 21, 2013
This is a philosophical comedy as dense and complex as any programming algorithm.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
November 21, 2013
The spirit of Altman returns! A film to study, pick apart, discuss and debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emma Simmonds
Total Film
November 20, 2013
A winning mix of deadpan comedy, retro stylings and escalating insanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Wood
Electric Sheep
November 18, 2013
Sourcing archival, analogue vacuum tube-based video cameras, Bujalski and cinematographer Matthias Grunsky deliver a work that really looks and sounds as if it belongs to another time.
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
November 17, 2013
It's fashionable to dismiss mumblecore as prone to obtuseness, but Bujalski offers a wryly funny slice of nerd-vana.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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