Bobby Fischer Against The World

2011

Bobby Fischer Against The World

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Considered by many to be the greatest chess player to ever live, Bobby Fischer Against the World is the first and definitive documentary biography of the eccentric genius who rose from humble beginnings and captivated a world audience with his victory over Russia's Boris Spassky at the height of the Cold War. His trajectory propelled him from child prodigy to US champion at age 15 and world champion at 29. Quixotically refusing to defend his championship, Fischer became a virtual recluse for decades before resurfacing for a bizarre final chapter as a fugitive from US justice. Rare archival footage and insightful interviews with those closest to him expand this captivating story of a mastermind's tumultuous rise -- and fall. --(c)Music Box Films

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Critic Reviews for Bobby Fischer Against The World

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  • A once-in-a-lifetime character makes for a fascinating documentary subject in producer-director Liz Garbus' "Bobby Fischer Against the World."

    Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Liz Garbus's documentary about the great American chess champion Bobby Fischer does its level best to avoid the easy cliché equating madness and genius, except that, in the case of Fischer, the cliché apparently holds up.

    Sep 16, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Tactfully but strongly posits a connection between the genius he brought to an infinitely complex game and the madness that defined his relationship to just about everything else.

    Sep 8, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • Supplies a cracked, conflicted genius trapped in his ceaseless endgame.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Garbus handles this decline with tact. The sorry spectacle of the ranting codger never effaces the image of the boy concentrating his entire being over a chessboard. You have to love that kid and pity him.

    Sep 6, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Bobby Fischer Against The World could be six times as long and still have you on the edge of your seat.

    Jul 15, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

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