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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.

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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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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 (75) | Top Critics (25)

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.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

A supremely intelligent, beautifully constructed film, interweaving comedy and character, satire and subtext

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

A breakthrough -- not just for indie writer-director Andrew Bujalski, but for American movie comedy.

Full Review… | September 26, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

A shambling, Altmanesque ensemble comedy.

Full Review… | August 8, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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You need no particular knowledge or affection for the game of kings to appreciate the whimsy of "Computer Chess."

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Computer Chess


I'm not really sure why the critics liked this so much - it really dragged. Linear but not quite linear. Mysterious yet boring. Maybe too niche of an interest - apparently very accurate as a period piece. I found myself wondering if any of the actors were also on the autistic spectrum Really just too meandering, I think.

liz b
liz b

Heady, quirky, enigmatic "comedy" about the uneasiness of humanity's relationship to machines. Some moments work, some don't.

Michael Manley
Michael Manley

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

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

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