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Computer Chess Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: C-
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 10, 2013
A supremely intelligent, beautifully constructed film, interweaving comedy and character, satire and subtext
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2013
A breakthrough -- not just for indie writer-director Andrew Bujalski, but for American movie comedy.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 8, 2013
A shambling, Altmanesque ensemble comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 1, 2013
You need no particular knowledge or affection for the game of kings to appreciate the whimsy of "Computer Chess."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
August 1, 2013
It approaches its subjects not with the gleeful, madcap hilarity of a Christopher Guest mockumentary ("Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind"), but with the calculated precision of lines of code.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
July 26, 2013
Bujalski is having fun with Night of the Living Dead, on a community-access palette. But I also can't think of another director who's come closer to capturing how antique technology would dream about us.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 26, 2013
Presenting itself as a sort of found-footage movie for geeks, this amusing and thoughtful oddity by writer-director-editor Andrew Bujalski is upfront in form but more stealth in content and intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2013
Bujalski isn't playing at Christopher Guest-like caricature. Instead of mocking this eccentric group, he climbs right inside their anxieties and ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2013
A deadpan mock-documentary about an early-'80s gathering of programming nerds, arguing about AI and predictive algorithms and showing off questionable fashion choices and facial hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 25, 2013
Bujalski doesn't give us enough in the way of story or characters, and "Computer Chess" eventually seems to just fade away; one of those movies, perhaps, that was more fun to make than it is to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 25, 2013
Watching "Computer Chess" is like opening an ancient Altair 8800 to peer at the tiny people inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 18, 2013
This profound, peculiar work of genius, this half-comic portrait of the present in embryo within the past, reverberates with hidden meanings and a questing intelligence.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 18, 2013
A punitively dull chunk of quirk that is about, and feels like, being stuck in a motel with a gaggle of programming nerds for a weekend.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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July 18, 2013
Computer Chess is about the dawn - one of many, but that's another story - of the tech revolution. It's also a reminder that you don't need state-of-the-art toys to make a formally playful comedy about man versus machine.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 18, 2013
Bujalski has a fantastic eye. The movie was shot in black and white with '70s video cameras, and could easily be mistaken for a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
RogerEbert.com
July 18, 2013
As an achievement, "Computer Chess" is laudable. As a film, it's missable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 17, 2013
The comedy of missed cues and social misdirection is a universal one, and there are a few more mainstream gags that connect reliably, from missed room reservations to run-ins with a human-potential convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 16, 2013
Artificial intelligence remains an intoxicating theory and a heady possibility, about which I am hardly qualified to speak. But I do know real filmmaking intelligence when I see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
July 16, 2013
Teases out unanswered existential and behavioral questions about mankind's curious obsession with artificial intelligence and automation.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
July 16, 2013
It's the year's most singular and adventurous movie to date, to the point where it feels not so much original-a word that conveys a strong sense of craft-as it does "isolated," as in a mutant strain of a virus.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 16, 2013
An endearingly nutty, proudly analog tribute to the ultra-nerdy innovators of yesteryear, this quasi-mockumentary is easy to admire in spirit even when its haphazard construction practically defines hit-or-miss.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 15, 2013
Bujalski ... brings the designs and fashions of the time-and, even better, its moods and ideas-cleverly and joyfully back to life.