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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
December 7, 2007
A terrifically entertaining documentary about an unlikely subject.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2007
Hilarious and eye-popping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/
October 4, 2007
Wonderful, hilarious documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 14, 2007
Directed by Seth Gordon, the film illuminates and draws you into a subculture you never knew existed and makes you genuinely care about its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 14, 2007
Nerds rule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2007
The big laughs here come from the subjects' self-absorption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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September 14, 2007
With the results up in the air until the very end of the film, you will care who wins the goofy contest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 14, 2007
A classic video-arcade game becomes the means of an epic struggle in this funny, surprisingly poignant video documentary.
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
August 31, 2007
It's almost embarrassing how compelling this film becomes...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 27, 2007
One of the most fascinating films of the year, and it deserves an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.
August 24, 2007
A documentary that is beyond strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 24, 2007
A pretty great trip down memory lane, even if you were one of the cool kids who managed to avoid the arcade scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 23, 2007
A stupendously entertaining nonfiction film concerning the cutthroat battle for world records on coin-operated arcade games.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 23, 2007
Take maniacal classic video game champion Billy Mitchell, questionable video game world-record organization Twin Galaxies and unemployed dad Steve Wiebe vying to usurp the champ and you've got a great story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 20, 2007
Not since 300 have I seen such manly mano-a-manoing as the iron clash of wills in the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2007
The film keeps up a dramatic pace but it never loses sight of the personal stories.
Read More | Original Score: A-
August 17, 2007
The movie's Rocky formula proves irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 17, 2007
Heartbreaking and hilarious...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 16, 2007
A sprightly new documentary that's as compulsively watchable as the vintage video game it focuses on is addictive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 16, 2007
The King of Kong is very entertaining (and doesn't overstay its welcome)...
August 16, 2007
It may seem overblown when one of the gamers calls Donkey Kong a metaphor for life, but The King of Kong is just that -- a reminder of how we all have to prove ourselves to others.
August 16, 2007
A hilarious story about an unbelievable collection of arrested-teenage morons and, yes, an inspiring fable of persistence and redemption.
August 15, 2007
A funny and madly arresting new documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 14, 2007
[The King of Kong] would play like dark comedy were there not such honest-to-God cruelty at its core.
August 8, 2007
Who would have guessed that a documentary about gamers obsessed with scoring a world record at Donkey Kong would not only be roaringly funny but serve as a metaphor for the decline of Western civilization?
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2007
A clever structure by director Seth Gordon means that The King of Kong ends up more engrossing than its bunch of geeky characters initially suggest.
May 10, 2007
Hollywood may find it difficult to cast two big-name stars willing to play it as broadly as the real-life hero and villain of this tale. Nor would many self-respecting scriptwriters dare to match the sheer improbability of these actual happenings.
April 26, 2007
A hilarious and moving study of the obsessive competition between the all-time scoring leader on Donkey Kong, an odd Floridian, and a father of two who gets sucked into a world of mind-blowing passive-aggressiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2007
Thoroughly engaging, even as it explores the ugly underbelly of competitive gaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4