Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

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This documentary focuses on the match between chess champion Garry Kasparov and Deep Blue, an IBM computer designed to play the game at the highest level. In the years prior to the 1997 match, Kasparov was known as the best talent in chess history, but he grows agitated when Deep Blue opens the contest by playing better than expected. Kasparov argues that IBM is somehow cheating to better its chances of victory, and his contention casts a shadow over the match's dramatic finale.

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Critic Reviews for Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (7)

  • Although Jayanti creates an absorbing scenario of possible corporate malfeasance engineered by a group of slide-rule wielding thugs and shadowy boardroom bullies, he fails to produce the requisite smoking pawn.

    March 18, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Though it never disguises its sympathies for Kasparov and contempt for a powerful corporation's machinations, docu is finally a speculation on the limits of the human mind and how truth can never be fully known.

    March 4, 2005

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
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  • In overemphasizing the conspiracy case, Game Over moves from being a compelling documentary to a frankly irritating one.

    March 4, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • An engaging film.

    March 4, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • After the interesting chess lesson is done in Game Over, all Jayanti has left is a film with one big question and no visible attempt to find any answers.

    February 11, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • One of the most exciting, instructive and sheerly entertaining of all chess films.

    January 27, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

  • Feb 13, 2015
    It goes with the conspiracy story when there's a more interesting philosophical story waiting to be told.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2011
    Man Vs. Machine. The human mind takes on a computer, and fails. As we see, all men succumb to paranoia, stress, confidence and so on. But is everything as it seems? Kasparov certainly presents an interesting case, but given the times, it's only natural we all hate the big company. Sure, it's suspicious that he never got a rematch. That things were kept locked behind closed doors etc. Kasparov clearly has a love for the game, and shows himself to be better than any computer by granting a rematch to his rival from many years before. Unfortunately, the director clearly has a bias and isn't very subtle about it. When the journalist talks about his article, he is shot from a high angle, half-lit and very shadowy. He is the only person shot like this. Making it kind of humorous, but also unfair. It's a great story, and Kasparov has nothing to be ashamed of. After all, he was beaten by just a single game, and the computer took many programmers etc. Certainly sparked my interest in chess.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]"Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine" is a frustrating documentary about the 1996 and 1997 chess matches between Garry Kasparov, human world chess champion, and Deep Blue, IBM chess computer. Kasparov won the first match but lost the rematch. The controversy begins with accusations of IBM fixing the match, even though no evidence is ever presented.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]The movie is at its best when it is about the computer experts early in the film. And I would have continued to be fascinated if it had followed that line to explore advances in computer technology. Instead, the filmmaker uses the documentary to make an anticorporate screed. There are several hundred worse things corporations do on a daily basis than rig a public relations stunt.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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