Indie Game: The Movie Reviews

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Witney Seibold
August 25, 2012

Watching [a programmer] reboot a computer at a trade show over and over again was hardly what I'd call stirring cinema.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeremy Heilman
June 26, 2012

The film becomes a cheerleader for its subjects, which limits its ability to understand them.

Full Review | Original Score: 48/100
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
May 29, 2012

Even if you are "pursuing your dreams," at the end of the day, work is work. It may be more exciting and different than your average 9-5 cubicle life, it is still a job with deadlines, pressure, and stress.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Henry Northmore
The List
February 12, 2013

It gives an insight into the creative process and the drive and passion necessary to produce something you want to share with the world.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
Top Critic
April 26, 2012

They're works of art. They're windows onto the psychology of their creators. They're video games.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
June 18, 2012

A passionate, deeply affecting celebration of a medium too often derided.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nicola Balkind
The Skinny
February 20, 2013

Aptly demonstrates just how much they are willing to sacrifice to that end, bearing hardship and putting lives on pause to reach that final product of a completed game.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Devin Faraci
Badass Digest
May 29, 2012

The struggles these guys face getting their games done are monumental, and makes for some really tense, anxious stuff.

Christopher Campbell
March 19, 2012

Informative, entertaining, affecting and, most interestingly, revealing of the maddening sort of approval culture we have in the Internet era

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
May 29, 2012

You don't have to be the type who keeps an Atari in a trophy case to be enthralled by Indie Game: The Movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
Top Critic
May 18, 2012

"Indie Game: The Movie" lays bare the passion behind the pixels, revealing the sweat, tears and sleep deprivation that go into trying to make the latest gaming sensation.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 13, 2012

makes a compelling case for games as not only clever hand-eye coordination exercises, but also as manifestations of their creators' emotional and philosophical viewpoints.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Wenzel
Denver Post
Top Critic
June 1, 2012

Like punk rock or alternative comedy, it's a DIY pursuit that pits go-it-alone types against an industry machine, often breeding exciting but intensely idiosyncratic art in the process.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Tilly
IGN Movies
May 29, 2012

Indie Game provides a gripping and consistently entertaining insight into this unique sub-set of the games industry.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
May 25, 2012

This is about developers communicating with the world in the most creative, productive way they know how. It's about the artistic process.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Miller
Village Voice
Top Critic
May 15, 2012

An insightful new geek documentary, well directed by first-timers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky.

Mark Bell
Film Threat
May 29, 2012

Indie Game: The Movie is more than just a film about video games, it's an examination of the artistic spirit and the latest evolution of independent artist.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
May 15, 2012

This is a movie about a subculture, made for that subculture; only hard-core Xboxers need apply.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
Top Critic
May 24, 2012

You may have never picked up a game console in your life, but there's universal access thanks to compelling stories in Indie Game: The Movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
May 18, 2012

[A] smart, involving documentary...

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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