Magnus Reviews

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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
A profile that certainly admires Carlsen, but does little to uncover the methodology or magic behind the dazzling display he demonstrates on the board.
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.
November 15, 2016
Director Benjamin Rees generates suspense from the rhythm of the editing, which is given a boost by a varied, electropop score.
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