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WarGames (War Games) Reviews

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Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 31, 2015
The chase sequences with government agents are tame but the film builds to a tense (and witty) conclusion at the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker in Colorado Springs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nathan Ditum
Total Film
July 30, 2013
What keeps it remarkably fresh is an unpatronising approach to what is ostensibly a kids' thriller, and a set of ideas (remember when Hollywood used them?) that rightly consign all the cradle modems and dot-matrix printers to the margins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2013
Slick and suspenseful, though a little heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
July 30, 2013
This inventive nail-biter is very much a product of its time -- blending the arms-race unease of the early 1980s with the beginning of the home-computer revolution -- but it still manages to both grip and entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2013
Time might not have been kind to the look of WarGames, but with nuclear war still a very real threat, the picture's ability to manufacture suspense remains undimmed.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 30, 2013
It's far too simplistic for comfort -- and downright dangerous if it makes anyone think today's self-destructive forces will bow jovially out of sight as soon as we grown-ups loosen up a little.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 30, 2013
Classic humanist-didactic filmmaking, effectively presented as a thriller.
Rob Vaux
June 5, 2013
Memory makes the heart grow fonder, even when you're blowing up the world.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 8, 2011
As a Cold War message movie and cinematic descendent of Fail-Safe, WarGames examines the inherent danger in favoring technology's cool logic and situational calculations.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
May 11, 2011
In many ways, John Badham's intriguing tale was prophetic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Suspenseful Cold War tale with teen gamer in control.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 17, 2010
Although today it feels rather dated, especially with its technology, it is one of the better examples of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
June 3, 2010
In this sage satire, warfare is boiled down to the inanities of tic-tac-toe
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James Berardinelli
April 30, 2009
To me, the most enjoyable aspect of WarGames is when David is at work on his computer system. There's something wonderfully nostalgic about watching a guy play with such antiquated machinery and recognize that it was [once] considered state-of-the-art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
John Badham solders the pieces into a terrifically exciting story charged by an irresistible idea: an extra-smart kid can get the world into a whole lot of trouble that it also takes the same extra-smart kid to rescue it from.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 9, 2008
What works best about it works still: it's a paranoid film with an ambiguous ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 14, 2008
As tense and effective now as it was 25 years ago. The worry back then was more about Soviet missiles than about credit card identity theft, but good filmmaking techniques haven't changed.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 10, 2008
One of the early films to warn about the dangers of hackers and the possibilities of computers controlling our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 19, 2007
The film hasn't nearly the despair of Dr. Strangelove, but it retains the same underlining moral questions in its portrayal of these unimaginable dilemmas.
Full Review | Original Score: B

People Magazine
May 8, 2007
The only drawback is that the film's anti-nuke message seems a bit heavy-handed at times. It is hard, though, to imagine any message being more entertainingly delivered.
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