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April 5, 2018
Well before Twitch and Pewdiepie, this delightful doc demonstrated the joys(tick) of watching nerds play arcade games-entertaining not because of the button mashing, but due to the interpersonal dynamics and pissing contests. The result is a far more involving game of Donkey Kong, with a more laughable villain than the ordinary ape, and a more heroic joe than the super plumber.
½ September 17, 2017
"There's a Donkey Kong Kill Screen coming up if anyone wants to watch."
September 16, 2017
Absolutely hilarious!
Super Reviewer
June 1, 2017
"One of the greatest rivalries of all time," Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe duke it out to see who is the King of Kong in this extraordinarily fun and entertaining documentary. Exploring the world of competitive classic arcade gaming (Pac-Man, Centipede, Q*bert, Donkey Kong) the film looks at the rise of arcade gaming in the 1980s and the quest of middle school teacher Steve Wiebe to become the high score champion of Donkey Kong and gain the respect of his fellow gamers. A number of players and their families, along with Twin Galaxies officials (who regulate gameplay and determine the veracity of scores), are interviewed; giving a real inside look at the gaming community. And while the film has a bit of a comedic edge, on the whole it shows respect for the dedication and skill required to be an accomplished arcade player. Lighthearted and inspirational, King of Kong is a captivating documentary about pursing one's passion and overcoming adversity.
May 30, 2017
Who would know a documentary about the rivalry of two everyday men competing to be the world champion of Donkey Kong can be such an action-packed joyride into the little known competitive arena of arcade games?
½ March 29, 2017
Billy is a scared bïtch. Annoying jerk brings the film down
February 25, 2017
A film that shows that even outcasts can create outcasts if they don't fit the mold. Good vs. Evil in what would be one of the best sports docs of all time if it was about an actual sport.
November 21, 2016
One of the more interesting documentaries you'll ever see, "The King of Kong" delves into the subculture of competitive retro video gaming. Science teacher Steve Wiebe fills the shoes of the lovable underdog, trying to dethrone longtime record holder Billy Mitchell for the top score in Donkey Kong. The film brings many colorful personalities to light; it certainly does no favors for Billy Mitchell, who comes off as woefully insecure about his video game records, despite his successes in the food industry.
October 15, 2016
A compelling watch, although, at the end of the day, I have to agree with Jillian...
August 11, 2016
Loaded with fantastic wisdom, this documentary looks deeply into a sub culture you didn't even know existed.

"If you want your name written into history, you have to pay the price." ~ Billy Mitchell
August 6, 2016
I go to comic cons, I know a lot of geeks and nerds, but boy, some people do take things way to seriously. I was never one for video games, well, that's not true, I am a Mario Kart fan, but those games I use to play back in the day on my Atari 2600 or at Aladdin's Castle, if I play them now, I play it for that vintage fun from a time long gone. For people to spend that much time playing these old games, trying to set records, is crazy to me. Some of the people in this film kind of freak me out. I guess fame is different for all those who want it though. If you want to see a film about obsession, this is the one to see.
June 8, 2016
I have to question if this is a real journalistic documentary? Because it plays so much like a scripted comedy. The film really got me behind the underdog Steve as he embarks on his quest beat the cocky champ Billy, but victory is not easy as the corrupt world of classic arcade games stands in his way.
I enjoyed the fantastical and absurd nature of this documentary. There are some interesting people out there and this film makes a compelling portrayal.
May 25, 2016
An AMAZING documentary that shows the absolute cutthroatedness (I made up a word for this review) of competitive arcade gaming. If you have time to watch just one documentary, especially one about video games, watch this one. You will not regret it.
May 20, 2016
Wonderful doc that uses video game highscores a backdrop to a tell a story about real people instead of vice versa.
½ March 10, 2016
A heartfelt film about classic competitive gaming between an arrogant hot shot and a humble gamer. This documentary made some waves upon its release 15 years ago and somehow reels you into what some would consider an insignificant pursuit.
½ February 21, 2016
'The King of Kong' gives us a glimpse of two fascinating and contrasting men, Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, and their longstanding Donkey Kong rivalry. Who would have thought that a film about a video game rivalry could say so much about human nature and be such gleeful fun at the same time?
February 12, 2016
Very entertaining movie about a battle between nerds lol
½ December 6, 2015
A fantastically told true life story of good vs evil. I don't think I've been this engrossed in a video game since Star Fox 64 destroyed my childhood.
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