Under The Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
February 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 6/10
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 2, 2011
On its own modest terms, "Under the Boardwalk" is a pleasant, enjoyable experience...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
May 12, 2011
Advance token to Boardwalk!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
May 9, 2011
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.
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
May 9, 2011
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.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
May 9, 2011
Under the Boardwalk is affectionate and inoffensive, but unavoidably disposable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 6, 2011
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.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
May 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
May 3, 2011
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.
Jennifer Merin
About.com
April 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
March 4, 2011
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.
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
March 3, 2011
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.
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