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With its delightfully retro production design, Computer Chess is an inventive, intelligent, and humorous comedy that celebrates the eccentricity and uniqueness of its subject. Read critic reviews

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In the early 1980s, young computer geniuses take part in a tournament to see who can create a program that will enable a computer to beat a human player at chess.

Cast & Crew

Myles Paige
Papageorge
Jim Lewis
John
Andrew Bujalski
Screenwriter
Scott Colquitt
Producer
Matthias Grunsky
Cinematographer
Michael Bricker
Production Design
Caroline Karlen
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Critic Reviews for Computer Chess

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  • Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess is bracingly idiosyncratic-and close to perfect.

    August 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A double or maybe a triple nerd-fest, influential independent Andrew Bujalski's typically deadpan Computer Chess is a small movie with a comic novel premise and a near cosmic theme.

    February 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Think vintage found footage meets wilfully anachronistic dot matrix art. And then think way, way outside the box.

    November 27, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Odd, but in a good(ish) way.

    November 24, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The code for the future has already been written - and as Bujalski seeks to discover who we are and where we come from (not just as wired-in 21st-century users but as human beings), it's checkmate in 12 hilariously unorthodox moves.

    November 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Like early Cronenberg, but funnier and sweeter, Computer Chess brings a dysfunctional, pioneering community to life. Bujalski must do a sequel.

    November 22, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Computer Chess

  • Nov 01, 2013
    intriguing period piece, that obviously took a lot of effort, but the comedy starts falling dry towards the end. I want to give this a re watch since I feel that I missed a considerable chunk of the meaning behind the satire.
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