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.

87%

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Reviews Counted: 78

53%
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53%
Average Rating: 3.2/5

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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

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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 (78) | Top Critics (26)

  • A fascinating, genuinely strange and experimental film.

    Nov 21, 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.

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

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • A supremely intelligent, beautifully constructed film, interweaving comedy and character, satire and subtext

    Oct 10, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A breakthrough -- not just for indie writer-director Andrew Bujalski, but for American movie comedy.

    Sep 26, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It's impossible not to see "Computer Chess" as both a humble, low-fi ode to evanescence and the deceptively cute baby picture of the digital disrupters who will soon bestride the Earth.

    Aug 8, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • You need no particular knowledge or affection for the game of kings to appreciate the whimsy of "Computer Chess."

    Aug 1, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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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