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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 22, 2015
Who would have thought that one of the years most intriguing and suspenseful films would be a documentary involving two grown men battling over the supremacy of an arcade game?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Amusing documentary duel at the video arcade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
September 23, 2010
Seth Gordon's unexpectedly engrossing documentary about the quest for a "Donkey Kong" record - a seeming paradise only for the pale and pasty -offered a fascinating, infuriating look at the bleakly funny morass of American social expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 9, 2010
Even if you've never so much as eaten a single ghost in a game of Ms. Pac-Man, King of Kong is still a remarkable (and remarkably hilarious) film.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
July 30, 2008
every bit as exciting as any sports %uFB01lm, while also shedding light on how obsessions can combine with corrupt power structures to drive otherwise normal people to ridiculous ends.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
It's clear that director Seth Gordon is rooting for Wiebe - but it is not just a trick of the editing that means within 30 minutes of the political machinations of Kong beginning, you will be too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 6, 2008
A great little documentary, full of laughs, drama and tension. It's like Rocky, but with a joystick. And an opponent who isn't actually seen stepping into the ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
June 5, 2008
You could hardly call it a paragon of impartial filmmaking, but this is still a compelling and immersive glance into the nature of competitiveness and the corrupting aspects of fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
James Dyer
Empire Magazine
June 5, 2008
An engrossing story that plucks at the heartstrings just as hard as it pummels the fire buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 10, 2008
Gordon invites us to snicker at his cast of hardcore gamers, for whom 'Donkey Kong' tournaments are as vital as Super Bowls and as divisive as the war on abortion. But once embedded in their strange world, he finds a compelling story to tell.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 22, 2008
If it weren't for swirling currents of humanity, the film would bore me Gongless. But it turns out to be character thriller with a big finish.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 31, 2008
Unquestionably the most engaging and flat-out entertaining documentary since Murderball...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 7, 2008
an oddly entertaining and exciting documentary that at times looks like a mockumentary
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
December 18, 2007
You could say it's sort of like Murderball, only these guys' disabilities are of the social variety. At any rate, it's a great film
| Original Score: 5/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
December 11, 2007
"When We Were Kings" for dorks.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
December 8, 2007
As tremendous an act in empathy as anything Werner Herzog has ever committed to the documentary screen.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 7, 2007
Benefits immeasurably from a cast of colorful supporting players, as well as a taut narrative that builds to a surprisingly tense climax.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 7, 2007
Is there anything more tiresome than watching people play video games? Seth Gordon's documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters answers that question with a decisive yes: watching a movie about people playing video games.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 7, 2007
The King of Kong is as winning, sweet, and occasionally disturbing a documentary about people for whom time has stopped somewhere around 1982 as you'd ever want to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 7, 2007
A terrifically entertaining documentary about an unlikely subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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