• 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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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Computer Chess will make you scratch your head and wonder what it's up to - but there's no doubt you'll never have seen a film quite like it.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Dryly humorous and wonderfully weird, this is a preternaturally mundane evocation of early 80s nerdery and an almost scary peek at the history of AI.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

November 6, 2013
Marc Mohan

Shot in archaic black-and-white video, Bujalski's weird, sly period film is highly entertaining both as ensemble comedy and an off-the-wall head trip.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: A-

November 6, 2013
Kent Jones
Film Comment Magazine

Computer Chess is one of the most original and satisfying movies I've seen in ages.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 4, 2013
Anton Bitel

Bujalski gives us a glitchy, geeky 80s Marienbad populated by sex addicts and lolcats, with results that are both funny ha ha, and the other kind.

Full Review Source: Film4

October 18, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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In the end, you simply wish the characters (and the actors) were in a more subtle and focused film. "Computer Chess" plays a risky game. Unfortunately, it loses.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

October 17, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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A supremely intelligent, beautifully constructed film, interweaving comedy and character, satire and subtext

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

October 10, 2013
Jay Stone

Throw in the bad haircuts, clip-on ties, and some earnest theorizing about the possible uses of these new machines and you have what is apparently meant to be a dry satire.

Full Review Source: Canada.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 4, 2013
Brian Tallerico

It becomes something that's hard to decipher; hard to put into words in a review. That's a good thing.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 3.5/5.0

September 26, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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A breakthrough -- not just for indie writer-director Andrew Bujalski, but for American movie comedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 26, 2013
Matt Pais

Arguably boring topics like programming don't have to yield boring films, and Computer Chess makes Ashton Kutcher's recent, uneven Jobs look like a classic.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2/4

September 26, 2013
Josh Larsen

...a movie of wry simplicity that has been subjected to all sorts of avant-garde tinkering.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3/4

September 25, 2013
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

It's idiosyncratic, actively noncommercial, and doesn't follow the rules -- like playing a game of chess on a board with no squares.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 23, 2013
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman

Computer Chess is packed with characters both specific to the tournament and familiar to anyone who has ever attended any sort of convention. You will recognize everyone's haircut from your 1981 yearbooks.

Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman | Original Score: B+

August 22, 2013
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

"Computer Chess" is open to many interpretations, and it's great that Bujalski doesn't explain any of them. In a summer filled with numbingly repetitive entertainment, here's an extraordinary movie that invites viewers to think.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 9, 2013
Stephen Silver

One of the year's most creative and inventive movies.

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

August 9, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A low-budget film keenly attuned to the weird little behaviors human beings unsuccessfully hide from each other.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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It's impossible not to see "Computer Chess" as both a humble, low-fi ode to evanescence and the deceptively cute baby picture of the digital disrupters who will soon bestride the Earth.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A shambling, Altmanesque ensemble comedy.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2013
Brian Orndorf

Chess appears to mistake stasis for subversion, leaving the material's quest to depict programming authenticity admirable, but hardly enough to fill out an entire film.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

August 8, 2013
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