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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2011
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David Jenkins
Time Out
June 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/6
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 7, 2007
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.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 7, 2007
A terrifically entertaining documentary about an unlikely subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 7, 2007
Hilarious and eye-popping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 4, 2007
Wonderful, hilarious documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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
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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.
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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
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 31, 2007
It's almost embarrassing how compelling this film becomes...
| Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 20, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 17, 2007
The film keeps up a dramatic pace but it never loses sight of the personal stories.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
August 17, 2007
The movie's Rocky formula proves irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 17, 2007
Heartbreaking and hilarious...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2007
A sprightly new documentary that's as compulsively watchable as the vintage video game it focuses on is addictive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 16, 2007
The King of Kong is very entertaining (and doesn't overstay its welcome)...
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
August 16, 2007
It may seem overblown when one of the gamers calls Donkey Kong a metaphor for life, but The King of Kong is just that -- a reminder of how we all have to prove ourselves to others.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 16, 2007
A hilarious story about an unbelievable collection of arrested-teenage morons and, yes, an inspiring fable of persistence and redemption.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 15, 2007
A funny and madly arresting new documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
August 14, 2007
[The King of Kong] would play like dark comedy were there not such honest-to-God cruelty at its core.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 8, 2007
Who would have guessed that a documentary about gamers obsessed with scoring a world record at Donkey Kong would not only be roaringly funny but serve as a metaphor for the decline of Western civilization?
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 2007
A clever structure by director Seth Gordon means that The King of Kong ends up more engrossing than its bunch of geeky characters initially suggest.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 10, 2007
Hollywood may find it difficult to cast two big-name stars willing to play it as broadly as the real-life hero and villain of this tale. Nor would many self-respecting scriptwriters dare to match the sheer improbability of these actual happenings.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 26, 2007
A hilarious and moving study of the obsessive competition between the all-time scoring leader on Donkey Kong, an odd Floridian, and a father of two who gets sucked into a world of mind-blowing passive-aggressiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 20, 2007
Thoroughly engaging, even as it explores the ugly underbelly of competitive gaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4