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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Reviews

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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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 13, 2007
A gripping yarn, an edge-of-your-seat thriller, as well as a mocking insider's view and a genuine giggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
September 10, 2007
This may take place in the insular world of men who spend too much time in front of dimly-lit video screens, but that does not make this very un-Homeric struggle for glory any less engaging.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 6, 2007
Improbably compelling... it's every bit the rousing crowd-pleaser I wanted Rocky Balboa to be.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
September 2, 2007
The King of Kong is a cleverly made documentary that realizes you can start with something small and seemingly insignificant and make a highly effective and entertaining work.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 1, 2007
Like some of the players it showcases, earns a nearly perfect score...funny, poignant, surprising and satisfying from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Paras
E! Online
August 31, 2007
Tthe best underdog story in years.
Full Review | Original Score: a-
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 31, 2007
It's almost embarrassing how compelling this film becomes...
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 31, 2007
Kong has more humor, more drama and more humanity than all of the summer's top 10 movies combined and even delivers some sly commentary on how out of whack American priorities have become.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 31, 2007
One of the smartest documentaries of the year, and easily the funniest.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 27, 2007
One of the most fascinating films of the year, and it deserves an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.
Mike Russell
Oregonian
August 24, 2007
It's Over the Top via Nintendo, and it is stunning to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 24, 2007
A documentary that is beyond strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 24, 2007
A pretty great trip down memory lane, even if you were one of the cool kids who managed to avoid the arcade scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 23, 2007
The film magnificently, and almost inadvertently, captures the story of the American Dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 23, 2007
A stupendously entertaining nonfiction film concerning the cutthroat battle for world records on coin-operated arcade games.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
August 23, 2007
These two go after the record like they're Cal Ripken, and in the competitive community that surrounds the gaming world, no one would call them 'losers.' Just heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 23, 2007
The King of Kong is a twisty, wildly entertaining film, and this comes to you from a guy who cares so little about Kong that he had to Google it to make sure it's correct to refer to it as a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Schueller
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2007
Take maniacal classic video game champion Billy Mitchell, questionable video game world-record organization Twin Galaxies and unemployed dad Steve Wiebe vying to usurp the champ and you've got a great story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cindy White
IGN Movies
August 22, 2007
Like all great documentaries, this one transcends its subject matter, so that in the end, it's not just about two guys who play videogames, but about the nature of competition, how we cope with winning and losing and what that tells us about ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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