WarGames (War Games) Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 30, 2013
Classic humanist-didactic filmmaking, effectively presented as a thriller.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 30, 2009
To me, the most enjoyable aspect of WarGames is when David is at work on his computer system. There's something wonderfully nostalgic about watching a guy play with such antiquated machinery and recognize that it was [once] considered state-of-the-art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
John Badham solders the pieces into a terrifically exciting story charged by an irresistible idea: an extra-smart kid can get the world into a whole lot of trouble that it also takes the same extra-smart kid to rescue it from.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 14, 2008
As tense and effective now as it was 25 years ago. The worry back then was more about Soviet missiles than about credit card identity theft, but good filmmaking techniques haven't changed.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The first half has a sardonic edge to it, but the more seriously the movie takes itself the sillier it gets.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
As a premise for a thriller, this is a masterstroke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Like a video game once played, tends to disappear from one's memory bank as soon as it's finished.