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Computer Chess Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 15, 2013
Entirely original and unprecedented -- a formalist coup that is at once visionary and retro, thoughtful and hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 14, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 6, 2013
Dryly humorous and wonderfully weird, this is a preternaturally mundane evocation of early 80s nerdery and an almost scary peek at the history of AI.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
November 6, 2013
Shot in archaic black-and-white video, Bujalski's weird, sly period film is highly entertaining both as ensemble comedy and an off-the-wall head trip.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kent Jones
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
Computer Chess is one of the most original and satisfying movies I've seen in ages.
Anton Bitel
Film4
October 18, 2013
Bujalski gives us a glitchy, geeky 80s Marienbad populated by sex addicts and lolcats, with results that are both funny ha ha, and the other kind.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: C-
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 10, 2013
A supremely intelligent, beautifully constructed film, interweaving comedy and character, satire and subtext
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jay Stone
Canada.com
October 4, 2013
Throw in the bad haircuts, clip-on ties, and some earnest theorizing about the possible uses of these new machines and you have what is apparently meant to be a dry satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
September 26, 2013
It becomes something that's hard to decipher; hard to put into words in a review. That's a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2013
A breakthrough -- not just for indie writer-director Andrew Bujalski, but for American movie comedy.
Matt Pais
RedEye
September 26, 2013
Arguably boring topics like programming don't have to yield boring films, and Computer Chess makes Ashton Kutcher's recent, uneven Jobs look like a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
September 25, 2013
...a movie of wry simplicity that has been subjected to all sorts of avant-garde tinkering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 23, 2013
It's idiosyncratic, actively noncommercial, and doesn't follow the rules -- like playing a game of chess on a board with no squares.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
August 22, 2013
Computer Chess is packed with characters both specific to the tournament and familiar to anyone who has ever attended any sort of convention. You will recognize everyone's haircut from your 1981 yearbooks.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
August 9, 2013
"Computer Chess" is open to many interpretations, and it's great that Bujalski doesn't explain any of them. In a summer filled with numbingly repetitive entertainment, here's an extraordinary movie that invites viewers to think.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
August 9, 2013
One of the year's most creative and inventive movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 9, 2013
A low-budget film keenly attuned to the weird little behaviors human beings unsuccessfully hide from each other.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 8, 2013
A shambling, Altmanesque ensemble comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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