Movies Like The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Opening

90% Guardians of the Galaxy Aug 01
81% Get On Up Aug 01
88% Calvary Aug 01
0% Behaving Badly Aug 01
36% Child Of God Aug 01

Top Box Office

59% Lucy $43.9M
63% Hercules $29.8M
91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes $16.8M
57% The Purge: Anarchy $10.5M
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue $9.5M
18% Sex Tape $6.1M
17% Transformers: Age of Extinction $4.7M
16% And So It Goes $4.6M
24% Tammy $3.5M
91% A Most Wanted Man $2.7M

Coming Soon

—— Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Aug 08
88% Step Up: All In Aug 08
—— Into The Storm Aug 08
—— The Hundred-Foot Journey Aug 08
87% What If Aug 08

Premieres Tonight

90% The Honorable Woman: Season 1

New Episodes Tonight

100% Defiance: Season 2
40% Dominion: Season 1
41% Gang Related: Season 1
86% Maron: Season 2
56% Married: Season 1
94% Rectify: Season 2
—— Rookie Blue: Season 5
39% Rush: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
85% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
41% Working the Engels: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% The Divide: Season 1
83% Extant: Season 1
—— Graceland: Season 2
—— Hot in Cleveland: Season 5
50% Jennifer Falls: Season 1
—— Motive: Season 2
69% Mystery Girls: Season 1
—— Rogue: Season 2
100% Suits: Season 4
38% Taxi Brooklyn: Season 1
—— Wilfred: Season 4
43% Young & Hungry: Season 1

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Amusing documentary duel at the video arcade.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 15, 2010
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Seth Gordon's unexpectedly engrossing documentary about the quest for a "Donkey Kong" record - a seeming paradise only for the pale and pasty -offered a fascinating, infuriating look at the bleakly funny morass of American social expectations.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 23, 2010

Even if you've never so much as eaten a single ghost in a game of Ms. Pac-Man, King of Kong is still a remarkable (and remarkably hilarious) film.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 9/10

June 9, 2010
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

every bit as exciting as any sports %uFB01lm, while also shedding light on how obsessions can combine with corrupt power structures to drive otherwise normal people to ridiculous ends.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

July 30, 2008
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

It's clear that director Seth Gordon is rooting for Wiebe - but it is not just a trick of the editing that means within 30 minutes of the political machinations of Kong beginning, you will be too.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 13, 2008

A great little documentary, full of laughs, drama and tension. It's like Rocky, but with a joystick. And an opponent who isn't actually seen stepping into the ring.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 6, 2008
David Jenkins
Time Out
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You could hardly call it a paragon of impartial filmmaking, but this is still a compelling and immersive glance into the nature of competitiveness and the corrupting aspects of fame.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

June 5, 2008
James Dyer
Empire Magazine

An engrossing story that plucks at the heartstrings just as hard as it pummels the fire buttons.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 5, 2008
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

Gordon invites us to snicker at his cast of hardcore gamers, for whom 'Donkey Kong' tournaments are as vital as Super Bowls and as divisive as the war on abortion. But once embedded in their strange world, he finds a compelling story to tell.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

April 10, 2008
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Urban Cinefile

If it weren't for swirling currents of humanity, the film would bore me Gongless. But it turns out to be character thriller with a big finish.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 22, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Unquestionably the most engaging and flat-out entertaining documentary since Murderball...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 31, 2008

an oddly entertaining and exciting documentary that at times looks like a mockumentary

| Original Score: 3.5/4

January 7, 2008
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine

You could say it's sort of like Murderball, only these guys' disabilities are of the social variety. At any rate, it's a great film

| Original Score: 5/5

December 18, 2007
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

"When We Were Kings" for dorks.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 9/10

December 11, 2007
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

As tremendous an act in empathy as anything Werner Herzog has ever committed to the documentary screen.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: A-

December 8, 2007
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Benefits immeasurably from a cast of colorful supporting players, as well as a taut narrative that builds to a surprisingly tense climax.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

December 7, 2007
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Is there anything more tiresome than watching people play video games? Seth Gordon's documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters answers that question with a decisive yes: watching a movie about people playing video games.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 7, 2007
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

The King of Kong is as winning, sweet, and occasionally disturbing a documentary about people for whom time has stopped somewhere around 1982 as you'd ever want to see.

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

December 7, 2007
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A terrifically entertaining documentary about an unlikely subject.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

December 7, 2007
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Hilarious and eye-popping.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/

December 7, 2007
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