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Under The Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Strictly a soft sell, a breezy, fan's-eye appreciation of one of America's (and now much of the world's) most popular board games.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

February 12, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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On its own modest terms, "Under the Boardwalk" is a pleasant, enjoyable experience...

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 2, 2011
Kam Williams

Advance token to Boardwalk!

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 3/4

May 12, 2011
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

Fascinating revelations on how the 75 year old game adapted to changing times, and originated as anti-capitalist during the Great Depression, then flipped the script. As it takes up the significant challenges of bringing a board game to cinematic life.

Full Review Source: WBAI Radio

May 9, 2011
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine

A slick documentary that juxtaposes the history, politics and cultural influence of the ever-popular Parker Brothers game with brief profiles of the people who play it.

Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine

May 9, 2011
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Under the Boardwalk is affectionate and inoffensive, but unavoidably disposable.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

More than you ever thought you could know about the world's favorite board game is here in this amiable but wandering, factoid-filled documentary.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

May 6, 2011
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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The film bounces around enjoyably, giving a history of the game, talking to people who love it and chronicling the 2009 Monopoly World Championships in Las Vegas.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2011
Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
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Under the Boardwalk is, unsurprisingly, a celebration of all things Monopoly, from its role in American pop culture to the national and international tournaments it has spawned.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 3, 2011
Jennifer Merin

Whether you play MONOPOLY or not, you'll be game for this entertaining documentary tha delves into everything about the world's most popular board game.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2011
Beth Accomando

Kevin Tostado's desire to compete in the Monopoly championships led him to make a delightful documentary about the classic board game for its 75th anniversary.

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March 4, 2011
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

Feels as wholesome as a Norman Rockwell illustration, hitting just the kind of nostalgic chord the game inspires in those who grew up playing it.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2011
Dennis Harvey
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Under the Boardwalk provides an amiable overview of one very famous board game's history and impact, alongside a moderately engaging portrait of players preparing for the 2009 World Monopoly Championship.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 3, 2011
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