Computer Chess Reviews

  • Jan 22, 2019

    Not very engaging, interesting or funny.

    Not very engaging, interesting or funny.

  • Aug 09, 2018

    Too plausible to be funny, and otherwise lacked anything else to make it interesting other than the fantastic production choices.

    Too plausible to be funny, and otherwise lacked anything else to make it interesting other than the fantastic production choices.

  • Jul 22, 2018

    It goes places and then it goes some more distant places

    It goes places and then it goes some more distant places

  • Dec 08, 2016

    By no means did I see this as 'hilarious' or even a comedy. I did however think it fascinating as an authentic, dug-up treasure of footage from over thirty years ago at a computer nerd convention. For that I was glad to watch it. Brilliant in many ways, therefore, but NOT hilarious!

    By no means did I see this as 'hilarious' or even a comedy. I did however think it fascinating as an authentic, dug-up treasure of footage from over thirty years ago at a computer nerd convention. For that I was glad to watch it. Brilliant in many ways, therefore, but NOT hilarious!

  • Apr 14, 2016

    Yawn. "Computer Chess" has been praised for being delightfully retro and very intelligent, which it is, but it's also a bore to watch. Rather than pull us into this geeky, black-and-white world, Bujalski repels us with long shots and uninteresting conversations. Darren Aronofsky's "Pi" was very similar to "Computer Chess" and was far more interesting. I suggest you watch it instead.

    Yawn. "Computer Chess" has been praised for being delightfully retro and very intelligent, which it is, but it's also a bore to watch. Rather than pull us into this geeky, black-and-white world, Bujalski repels us with long shots and uninteresting conversations. Darren Aronofsky's "Pi" was very similar to "Computer Chess" and was far more interesting. I suggest you watch it instead.

  • Feb 03, 2016

    Weird and brilliantly inventive. Skirts the boundaries between comedy and fantasy.

    Weird and brilliantly inventive. Skirts the boundaries between comedy and fantasy.

  • Sep 23, 2015

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

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

  • Sep 10, 2015

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

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

  • Aug 31, 2015

    If Eraserhead was shot like a 70s porn movie...

    If Eraserhead was shot like a 70s porn movie...

  • Mar 15, 2015

    I just watched this on dvd and i don't usually do reviews. I'm not a programmer but i am a chess master who played in tournaments in the 80s and 90's. This film to me was disappointing. I hate it when i feel i could have done better. This felt like a student film with hints of Lynch, and maybe Altman's Nashville 'cept with chess nerds. It's as polyester as it feels or computer beige. The Papageorge story line is just dropped at the end. There's a throwaway bit of freakishness with the nerd and the hooker. Just a hodgepodge, not ready for prime time. .... the game is throwing bones.... and the bones weren't here.

    I just watched this on dvd and i don't usually do reviews. I'm not a programmer but i am a chess master who played in tournaments in the 80s and 90's. This film to me was disappointing. I hate it when i feel i could have done better. This felt like a student film with hints of Lynch, and maybe Altman's Nashville 'cept with chess nerds. It's as polyester as it feels or computer beige. The Papageorge story line is just dropped at the end. There's a throwaway bit of freakishness with the nerd and the hooker. Just a hodgepodge, not ready for prime time. .... the game is throwing bones.... and the bones weren't here.