Movies Like The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Reviews

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

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

September 10, 2007
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Improbably compelling... it's every bit the rousing crowd-pleaser I wanted Rocky Balboa to be.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

September 6, 2007
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

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.

September 2, 2007
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Like some of the players it showcases, earns a nearly perfect score...funny, poignant, surprising and satisfying from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: A-

September 1, 2007
Peter Paras
E! Online

Tthe best underdog story in years.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: a-

August 31, 2007
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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It's almost embarrassing how compelling this film becomes...

| Original Score: 3/4

August 31, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 4/4

August 31, 2007
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

One of the smartest documentaries of the year, and easily the funniest.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

August 31, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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One of the most fascinating films of the year, and it deserves an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.

August 27, 2007
Mike Russell
Oregonian

It's Over the Top via Nintendo, and it is stunning to behold.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

August 24, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A documentary that is beyond strange.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2007
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 24, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The film magnificently, and almost inadvertently, captures the story of the American Dream.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 23, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A stupendously entertaining nonfiction film concerning the cutthroat battle for world records on coin-operated arcade games.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 23, 2007
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

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 Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 23, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 23, 2007
Scott Schueller
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

August 23, 2007
Cindy White
IGN Movies

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 Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 22, 2007
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

When a gamer tears up over a loss or a records auditor declares the significance of his role in the process ("I see world records set in my room every day"), the film creates characters out of clips, asks viewers to participate in story arcs.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

August 22, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Not since 300 have I seen such manly mano-a-manoing as the iron clash of wills in the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 20, 2007
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