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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Reviews

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November 19, 2007
The film paints a strange portrait of a subculture that I found to be a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 14, 2016
The most absurd, joyous, and mesmerizing documentary of the 21st century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 11, 2018
Seth Gordon, the director, makes the material accessible and entertaining... [Full review in Spanish]
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
September 13, 2007
A gripping yarn, an edge-of-your-seat thriller, as well as a mocking insider's view and a genuine giggle.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2007
"When We Were Kings" for dorks.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
August 24, 2007
A documentary that is beyond strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2007
A great American comedy. A hilarious and richly human tale of two guys trying to hang on to their own twisted dreams of glory.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2007
Not unlike the sleeper hit Little Miss Sunshine, this breezy and engaging documentary has a great deal to say about the American fixation on winning and losing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 18, 2007
Mitchell is a ringer for Ben Stiller's pompous villain in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 20, 2007
I'm amazed at how a few filmmakers can take a story so slight and trivial, and turn it into a 90-minute documentary that's as fascinating as something that Ken Burns put together.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 4, 2007
Up there with some of the greastest sports docs in that it truly allows the viewer to experience the thrill of competition and agony of defeat.
| Original Score: 9/10
August 27, 2007
One of the most fascinating films of the year, and it deserves an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.
August 23, 2007
The King of Kong is a twisty, wildly entertaining film, and this comes to you from a guy who cares so little about Kong that he had to Google it to make sure it's correct to refer to it as a video game.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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+
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