Magnus

2016

Magnus (2016)

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As a young boy, Magnus Carlsen was very different from his peers. Bullied by the other children, he usually sat by himself, lost in thought. But when a strong interest in numbers led him to the game of chess at the age of 5, he quickly started to climb the ranks of the chess world. At 13, he decided that he would become the World Chess Champion. Magnus is now known as the "Mozart of Chess"--combining the skill and intellect of chess with unrivaled originality and instinct. Through an extensive amount of archival footage and home movies, filmmaker Benjamin Ree follows Magnus's meteoric rise to the top in this unique coming-of-age story. The film invites audiences to not only experience the fascinating world of competitive chess, but also peek into the mind of a modern genius.

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

The loneliness of the long-distance chess grandmaster is affectingly conveyed in "Magnus," an intimate portrait of the game's reigning champ, 25-year-old Magnus Carlsen.

Dec 12, 2016

The movie assumes that a chronicle of Magnus's rise will be enough to keep the audience hooked. That turns out to be the right call.

Nov 18, 2016

[An] insipid and uninformative portrait of singularity and obsession.

Nov 17, 2016

Ree makes things easy for people who don't play chess, deftly pacing Carlsen's triumphs and failures and milking the suspense as "the Mozart of chess" employs his intuition to win ...

Nov 17, 2016

Inspirational docu on "The Mozart of Chess"; some bullying.

Mar 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5

An engaging study of a beautiful but mysterious mind, which also reveals the stressful nature of world-class chess tournaments and raises the deep question of where intelligence actually comes from.

Jan 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5

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