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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.
There's scant input from chess experts to explain why he's so good, what's unique about his gamesmanship and the like, and the film has nothing interesting to say about chess in general in the modern age.
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.
[An] insipid and uninformative portrait of singularity and obsession.
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 ...
The portrait we gather from Magnus is of a young man who does what he does not because he enjoys it but because he is good at it.
Inspirational docu on "The Mozart of Chess"; some bullying.
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.
... doesn't offer much depth beyond some highlights surrounding his rise to prominence.
Mirrors the self-effacing nature and bashful smile of its timid, attention-averse subject.
Unexpectedly swashbuckling viewing.
Magnus is a sweet and mostly restrained documentary about the world chess champion and occasional clothing model Magnus Carlsen.
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