• Unrated, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Andrew Bujalski
    In Theaters:
    Jul 17, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 5, 2013
  • Kino Lorber


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Computer Chess Reviews

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Amy Taubin

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.

Full Review Source: Artforum

August 7, 2014
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects

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 Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B+

June 2, 2014
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B

April 8, 2014
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Might bore viewers like myself who are not chess or techie knowledgeable.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 31, 2014
Will Leitch

Strange, hilarious and curiously moving.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: A-

December 30, 2013
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground

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 Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 19, 2013
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: D

December 17, 2013
Tara Brady
Irish Times

Think vintage found footage meets wilfully anachronistic dot matrix art. And then think way, way outside the box.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 5/5

November 27, 2013
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Odd, but in a good(ish) way.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

November 24, 2013
Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound

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.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

November 22, 2013
Adam Lowes

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 Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

November 22, 2013
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

Like early Cronenberg, but funnier and sweeter, Computer Chess brings a dysfunctional, pioneering community to life. Bujalski must do a sequel.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

November 22, 2013
Peter Bradshaw

A fascinating, genuinely strange and experimental film.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

November 21, 2013
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times

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 Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 21, 2013
Alan Laidlaw
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

November 21, 2013
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny

This is a philosophical comedy as dense and complex as any programming algorithm.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 5/5

November 21, 2013
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

The spirit of Altman returns! A film to study, pick apart, discuss and debate.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 5/5

November 21, 2013
Emma Simmonds
Total Film

A winning mix of deadpan comedy, retro stylings and escalating insanity.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

November 20, 2013
Jason Wood
Electric Sheep

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.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

November 18, 2013
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine

It's fashionable to dismiss mumblecore as prone to obtuseness, but Bujalski offers a wryly funny slice of nerd-vana.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2013
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