Computer Chess (2013)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Bujalski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 5, 2013
Box Office: $0.1M
Kino Lorber - Official Site


as Peter Bishton

as Michael Papageorge

as Tom Schoesser

as Shelly Flintic

as Pat Henderson

as Martin Beuscher
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Critic Reviews for Computer Chess

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (24)

The movie seems like something retrieved from a thirty-five-year-old time capsule, which, in terms of the speed of technological change over that period, might have been light years away.

Full Review… | August 7, 2014

It's the type of film that introduces a type of funny that you didn't know existed, that isn't based in popular culture or punchlines or pratfalls or virtually anything that we've seen before.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014
Film School Rejects

Those weird elements don't take over the film, but they certainly make it a more delirious experience. It helps, though, that it's still grounded by real-feeling characters and an offbeat, low-key sense of humor.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Might bore viewers like myself who are not chess or techie knowledgeable.

Full Review… | January 31, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Strange, hilarious and curiously moving.

Full Review… | December 30, 2013

As much as it is comedy, Computer Chess is also a treatise on isolation, social hierarchy and the crippling male fear of inadequacy

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Computer Chess

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 Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

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Never found this funny at all, and without any humor that worked for me, it was a real chore to get through.


A nostalgic, geeky, funny, trippy eighties-set computer chess tournament/encounter session/freakout.

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