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Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2004)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 6

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For the international chess community, it was a blow against humanity when Garry Kasparov -- arguably the greatest chess player the ancient game has seen - lost to IBM's computer, Deep Blue. "It's about the supremacy of human beings over machines in purely intellectual fields. It's about defending human superiority in an area that defines human beings," Kasparov had said prior to the 1997 match. He did not take the loss lightly.


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Apr 5, 2005

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Although Jayanti creates an absorbing scenario of possible corporate malfeasance engineered by a group of slide-rule wielding thugs and shadowy boardroom bullies, he fails to produce the requisite smoking pawn.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Haunting and provocative documentary.

March 17, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Though it never disguises its sympathies for Kasparov and contempt for a powerful corporation's machinations, docu is finally a speculation on the limits of the human mind and how truth can never be fully known.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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In overemphasizing the conspiracy case, Game Over moves from being a compelling documentary to a frankly irritating one.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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An engaging film.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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After the interesting chess lesson is done in Game Over, all Jayanti has left is a film with one big question and no visible attempt to find any answers.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Chess, computers and intrigue.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
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interesting on a human level since it doesn't dwell on the strategical and analytical aspects of the game

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Kasparov is a sympathetic character and, even as he belabors the outcome years later, we feel for him

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source:

What is strongly suggested, and what a casual chess player might not expect, is the degree to which the game involves psychological warfare

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles CityBeat

Propelled by the edge-of-nerves atmospherics of Robert Lane's music, this is as much a psychological thriller as a historical document.

March 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It should be good fun for chess lovers. For the chess-indifferent, it also has some enjoyable moments.

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's a fascinating story, and mostly because Garry Kasparov is a fascinating subject.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

If you don't know a knight's gambit from a rook switcheroo -- or if you don't know there's no such thing as a rook switcheroo -- it probably won't interest you.

February 3, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Short on investigative journalism but long on drama.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
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Audience Reviews for Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

Man Vs. Machine. The human mind takes on a computer, and fails. As we see, all men succumb to paranoia, stress, confidence and so on. But is everything as it seems? Kasparov certainly presents an interesting case, but given the times, it's only natural we all hate the big company. Sure, it's suspicious that he never got a rematch. That things were kept locked behind closed doors etc. Kasparov clearly has a love for the game, and shows himself to be better than any computer by granting a rematch to his rival from many years before. Unfortunately, the director clearly has a bias and isn't very subtle about it. When the journalist talks about his article, he is shot from a high angle, half-lit and very shadowy. He is the only person shot like this. Making it kind of humorous, but also unfair. It's a great story, and Kasparov has nothing to be ashamed of. After all, he was beaten by just a single game, and the computer took many programmers etc. Certainly sparked my interest in chess.
April 16, 2011

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[font=Century Gothic]"Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine" is a frustrating documentary about the 1996 and 1997 chess matches between Garry Kasparov, human world chess champion, and Deep Blue, IBM chess computer. Kasparov won the first match but lost the rematch. The controversy begins with accusations of IBM fixing the match, even though no evidence is ever presented.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The movie is at its best when it is about the computer experts early in the film. And I would have continued to be fascinated if it had followed that line to explore advances in computer technology. Instead, the filmmaker uses the documentary to make an anticorporate screed. There are several hundred worse things corporations do on a daily basis than rig a public relations stunt.[/font]
February 23, 2006
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