Magnus Reviews

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January 27, 2020
This documentary makes it clear to the viewer that Magnus's conviction and creativity, founded in his brilliant intuition, bring a little bit of a magic to the game.
December 28, 2018
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.
March 7, 2017
Inspirational docu on "The Mozart of Chess"; some bullying.
January 18, 2017
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.
January 17, 2017
... doesn't offer much depth beyond some highlights surrounding his rise to prominence.
December 21, 2016
Mirrors the self-effacing nature and bashful smile of its timid, attention-averse subject.
December 12, 2016
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.
December 2, 2016
Unexpectedly swashbuckling viewing.
November 29, 2016
Magnus is a sweet and mostly restrained documentary about the world chess champion and occasional clothing model Magnus Carlsen.
November 27, 2016
Documentaries about decent, quiet boy geniuses might have a nice novelty value. But it risks leaving Magnus looking niche interest at best.
November 24, 2016
Ree does what he can to fathom the mind of an inscrutable youth, but he struggles to delve too deeply into Magnus's personal life or psyche, while his distinctive approach to strategy remains a closely guarded secret.
November 24, 2016
The film is largely sympathetic with only modest hints of the sacrifices made and the difficulties he faces engaging with people on an emotional level.
November 24, 2016
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.
November 23, 2016
Ree convinces us that Magnus is indeed a prodigy but, even so, his rise to the top surely can't have been quite as straightforward as the film suggests.
November 22, 2016
Mostly of interest for chess enthusiasts, it is a fascinating study of someone as gifted as Bobby Fischer but not burdened by madness.
November 21, 2016
The rarefied world of chess at its highest level is revealed in this absorbing doc centered around the so-called greatest player in history.
November 21, 2016
Benjamin Ree's pic has the suspense of a sports story as it shows this diffident newcomer dispensing with opponents.
November 18, 2016
A pleasant and entertaining Norwegian documentary about the acclaimed wizard known as the Mozart of Chess.
November 18, 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.
November 17, 2016
[An] insipid and uninformative portrait of singularity and obsession.
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