Thank You For Playing

2016

Thank You For Playing

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When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel is terminally, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey in the form of an unusually beautiful video game. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING follows Ryan and his family over two years through the creation of "That Dragon, Cancer" as it evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as "unimaginably intimate" by The New Yorker and "profoundly moving" by Indiewire, THANK YOU FOR PLAYING is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the ability of art and technology to document profound experiences in the modern age. (c) FilmBuff

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  • A documentary that works as both an emotional portrait of a slow-motion family tragedy and a slippery inquiry into the therapeutic properties of making art.

    Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

    Justin Chang

    Variety
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  • Make no mistake: This film is a tear-jerker, taking an intimate look at one family's heartbreak and how their art moves people.

    Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • If nothing else, it's evidence that the digital age has opened up new ways to work through grief.

    Mar 17, 2016 | Full Review…
  • By turns touching, funny and sometimes strangely existential.

    Mar 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Grieving father Ryan Green may be aware that he's performing for the cameras in the moving documentary/character study Thank You for Playing, but his self-conscious behavior never cancels out his apparent sincerity.

    Mar 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • As an exploration of the human spirit, it is indispensable.

    Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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