Computer Chess

2013

Computer Chess

Critics Consensus

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

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Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future. (c) Official Site

Cast

Patrick Riester
as Peter Bishton
Myles Paige
as Michael Papageorge
Gordon Kindlmann
as Tom Schoesser
Robin Schwartz
as Shelly Flintic
Gerald Peary
as Pat Henderson
Wiley Wiggins
as Martin Beuscher
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Critic Reviews for Computer Chess

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (10)

  • 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…
  • A fascinating, genuinely strange and experimental film.

    November 21, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Andrew Bujalski's archly low-tech and improvised comedies can have a richly chortling edge and a nicely crude virtuosity and collegiate intelligence and warmth.

    November 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The spirit of Altman returns! A film to study, pick apart, discuss and debate.

    November 21, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Computer Chess will make you scratch your head and wonder what it's up to - but there's no doubt you'll never have seen a film quite like it.

    November 14, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In the end, you simply wish the characters (and the actors) were in a more subtle and focused film. "Computer Chess" plays a risky game. Unfortunately, it loses.

    October 17, 2013 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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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.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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