Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine Reviews

March 18, 2005
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 17, 2005
Haunting and provocative documentary.
March 4, 2005
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
In overemphasizing the conspiracy case, Game Over moves from being a compelling documentary to a frankly irritating one.
March 4, 2005
An engaging film.
February 11, 2005
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.
January 27, 2005
One of the most exciting, instructive and sheerly entertaining of all chess films.
January 14, 2005
Teases us into believing it's interested in global questions and hard-to-find answers, when really all it wants is to dazzle us with brute force, then dump us before we realize we've been had.
December 31, 2004
It piques our interest in a subject we knew little about and never thought we'd care to see on a screen, then wastes our newfound curiosity through a lack of material and directorial diligence.
December 16, 2004
Tells a gripping story that resonates with numerous subtexts.
December 6, 2004
This deflating documentary gives up its quest for answers too easily.
December 3, 2004
Vikram Jayanti's solid documentary is still fairly suspenseful.
December 3, 2004
Director Vikram Jayanti makes a nail-biter out of the historic 1997 match between the charismatic, mordantly funny Kasparov and the steamer trunks of circuitry.
November 30, 2004
Vikram Jayanti's gripping documentary Game Over reminds us that chess legend Garry Kasparov's greatest victory was charged with political significance.
November 29, 2004
A film which builds into a gripping blend of When We Were Kings and 2001: A Space Odyssey.