Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2004)

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For the international chess community, it was a blow against humanity when Garry Kasparov -- arguably the greatest chess player the ancient game has seen - lost to IBM's computer, Deep Blue. "It's about the supremacy of human beings over machines in purely intellectual fields. It's about defending human superiority in an area that defines human beings," Kasparov had said prior to the 1997 match. He did not take the loss lightly.
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PG (for brief mild language)
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Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (15)

Although Jayanti creates an absorbing scenario of possible corporate malfeasance engineered by a group of slide-rule wielding thugs and shadowy boardroom bullies, he fails to produce the requisite smoking pawn.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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Haunting and provocative documentary.

Full Review… | March 17, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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Though it never disguises its sympathies for Kasparov and contempt for a powerful corporation's machinations, docu is finally a speculation on the limits of the human mind and how truth can never be fully known.

Full Review… | March 4, 2005
Variety
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In overemphasizing the conspiracy case, Game Over moves from being a compelling documentary to a frankly irritating one.

March 4, 2005
Globe and Mail
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An engaging film.

Full Review… | March 4, 2005
Toronto Star
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After the interesting chess lesson is done in Game Over, all Jayanti has left is a film with one big question and no visible attempt to find any answers.

Full Review… | February 11, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

It goes with the conspiracy story when there's a more interesting philosophical story waiting to be told.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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Great nerd drama for technology enthusiasts or anyone with an interest in the bizarre subculture of grandmaster chess competition. The twelve-tone music score fits nicely alongside the sheer madness of those crazy enough to write a chess engine that could rival the skill of Garry Kasparov.

Ethan Mallove
Ethan Mallove
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Man Vs. Machine. The human mind takes on a computer, and fails. As we see, all men succumb to paranoia, stress, confidence and so on. But is everything as it seems? Kasparov certainly presents an interesting case, but given the times, it's only natural we all hate the big company. Sure, it's suspicious that he never got a rematch. That things were kept locked behind closed doors etc. Kasparov clearly has a love for the game, and shows himself to be better than any computer by granting a rematch to his rival from many years before. Unfortunately, the director clearly has a bias and isn't very subtle about it. When the journalist talks about his article, he is shot from a high angle, half-lit and very shadowy. He is the only person shot like this. Making it kind of humorous, but also unfair. It's a great story, and Kasparov has nothing to be ashamed of. After all, he was beaten by just a single game, and the computer took many programmers etc. Certainly sparked my interest in chess.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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