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Computer Chess Reviews

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Roger Ebert
July 18, 2013
As an achievement, "Computer Chess" is laudable. As a film, it's missable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
August 8, 2013
Chess appears to mistake stasis for subversion, leaving the material's quest to depict programming authenticity admirable, but hardly enough to fill out an entire film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 18, 2013
A punitively dull chunk of quirk that is about, and feels like, being stuck in a motel with a gaggle of programming nerds for a weekend.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Pais
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
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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-
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 22, 2013
The sparks almost fly in this slow and tedious look at the, well, slow and tedious side of computers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 17, 2013
I really don't know what to think of this movie. It did not do much for me. It was neither interesting nor compelling. A number of ideas are brought up, but I could not see that they go anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Louis Proyect
July 20, 2013
The film is very much in the vein of "Mad Men", laughing at the silly clothes and life-style of a past generation. Foolishly, I went expecting it to be an exploration of how computers became so good at chess.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 25, 2013
Bujalski doesn't give us enough in the way of story or characters, and "Computer Chess" eventually seems to just fade away; one of those movies, perhaps, that was more fun to make than it is to watch.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jay Stone
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
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
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 | Original Score: B
Alan Laidlaw
The List
November 21, 2013
Its hilarious yet sombre approach harks back to the world of Hal Hartley, whilst creating a wholly original and at times perplexing incarnation of American indie cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Will Leitch
December 30, 2013
Strange, hilarious and curiously moving.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Adam Lowes
November 22, 2013
Computer Chess will fill you full of nostalgia for the analogue era, which is quite a feat in this pristine, HD-obsessed world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
November 27, 2013
Think vintage found footage meets wilfully anachronistic dot matrix art. And then think way, way outside the box.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
August 1, 2013
It approaches its subjects not with the gleeful, madcap hilarity of a Christopher Guest mockumentary ("Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind"), but with the calculated precision of lines of code.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
December 19, 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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emma Simmonds
Total Film
November 20, 2013
A winning mix of deadpan comedy, retro stylings and escalating insanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elise Nakhnikian
House Next Door
March 15, 2013
That random quality and the deadpan awkwardness of the main characters gives the whole thing a comic quality, but Computer Chess is sneakily observant and surprisingly resonant.
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny
November 21, 2013
This is a philosophical comedy as dense and complex as any programming algorithm.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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