The film is elegiac and sad, beautifully mounted, but not as compelling as it should be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This is one instance where a work of literature remained beyond the scope of the medium of film.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Further proof that director Marleen Gorris ... can't shape a scene.
The film is a letdown, alas, almost squandering all the fine acting and lovely scenery.
| Original Score: C
Pretty much just a string of words and ideas and stick-figure characters who never become fully formed.
A passionately crafted picture, but it's hard to connect with some significant characters because their motivations go largely unexplored.
"A sedate, simplistic, dispiriting film about chess and madness. 'Searching for Bobby Fischer' is better."
| Original Score: 5/10
The chess scenes, especially toward the end, are filmed with an attempted frenzy that borders on laughable.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Luzhin Defence was check mated at the opening bell.
| Original Score: C-
Trumped by its own equivocations and reliance on hackneyed conventions.
It plays a predictable, if pretty, game.
Turturro supplies some good moments, but without a believable emotional core the film falls short
Diluted by numerous clichéd ingredients, which reduce it to a conventional romance.
Capable but not transporting, never unraveling the mystery of its hero's genius or, worse, making us care enough to look deeper.
Interesting only in how precious little rationality it features.
| Original Score: D+
| Original Score: 1/4
What makes this film boring?
| Original Score: 1.5/4
As ever Turturro is thoroughly watchable, but unfortunately, his cranky intensity is wasted on Watson.
| Original Score: 2/5
It moves like molasses, provides no new insight into the 'tortured genius' psyche and is as boring as watching a chess match.