WarGames (War Games) Reviews

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May 10, 2020
WarGames kicks off with an exciting sequence...
January 1, 2020
Like a man drawn to the edge of a cliff by the lure of the abyss below, we're secretly obsessed by the apocalypse. Moralists may claim that WarGames is more exploitation than warning, but it's still an exciting, giddily entertaining movie.
September 6, 2019
The movie is a spectacle as well as a presumably pacifist proclamation. [Full Review in Spanish]
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.
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.
July 30, 2013
Slick and suspenseful, though a little heavy-handed.
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.
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.
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.
July 30, 2013
Classic humanist-didactic filmmaking, effectively presented as a thriller.
June 5, 2013
Memory makes the heart grow fonder, even when you're blowing up the world.
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.
May 11, 2011
In many ways, John Badham's intriguing tale was prophetic.
January 2, 2011
Suspenseful Cold War tale with teen gamer in control.
June 17, 2010
Although today it feels rather dated, especially with its technology, it is one of the better examples of the genre.
June 3, 2010
In this sage satire, warfare is boiled down to the inanities of tic-tac-toe
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.
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.
November 9, 2008
What works best about it works still: it's a paranoid film with an ambiguous ending.
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.
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