Computer Chess


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.



Total Count: 78


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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 (78) | Top Critics (28)

  • Like early Cronenberg, but funnier and sweeter, Computer Chess brings a dysfunctional, pioneering community to life. Bujalski must do a sequel.

    Nov 22, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating, genuinely strange and experimental film.

    Nov 21, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The spirit of Altman returns! A film to study, pick apart, discuss and debate.

    Nov 21, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | 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…

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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