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.
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 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 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
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 ...
November 16, 2016
Magnus Carlsen, called the Mozart of chess, became world champion in 2013 at the age of 22. Benjamin Ree's rousing documentary shows us how this taciturn prodigy got there, and how his family keeps him sane.
November 16, 2016
To make a movie about such an elusive figure is a challenging undertaking, and it's a testament to the quality of Magnus that the film succeeds as well as it does.
November 15, 2016
An entertaining finale doesn't really hide the documentary's general lack of drama or surprises.
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