The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Reviews

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 7, 2007
Hilarious and eye-popping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 7, 2007
It's very earnest. And funny. And endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 4, 2007
I can't remember a more compelling film this year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 19, 2007
The film paints a strange portrait of a subculture that I found to be a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 3, 2007
A compelling, weird, and often times touching spin on video gamers doing what they do best...
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 18, 2007
Mitchell is a ringer for Ben Stiller's pompous villain in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 4, 2007
Wonderful, hilarious documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 26, 2007
Painful and interesting to watch, even with such clear black and white characters. See it if you can.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
September 26, 2007
The King of Kong is proof that you don't need Earth shattering events of cosmic import to create a compelling film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
September 21, 2007
Seth Gordon's feature-length documentary about obsessive arcade gamers could possibly be the most entertaining thing you could do on a Saturday night.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
September 21, 2007
One of the best pictures of the year...King of Kong is an uproarious, unsettlingly observant, and romantically biased documentary on the golden years of classic gaming.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 19, 2007
A documentary that successfully takes it to the next level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
September 14, 2007
Directed by Seth Gordon, the film illuminates and draws you into a subculture you never knew existed and makes you genuinely care about its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Paul Kosidowski
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 14, 2007
The remarkable thing about The King of Kong is how its quixotic alternate universe quickly becomes a recognizable microcosm of our own real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 14, 2007
Nerds rule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 14, 2007
The big laughs here come from the subjects' self-absorption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Denver Post
September 14, 2007
With the results up in the air until the very end of the film, you will care who wins the goofy contest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 14, 2007
A classic video-arcade game becomes the means of an epic struggle in this funny, surprisingly poignant video documentary.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
September 14, 2007
This film's unsentimental salute to a straight shooter is what makes it hit the documentary bull's-eye.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 13, 2007
An operatic tragicomedy of rivalry, jealousy, failure, and success.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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