The Queen's Gambit: Miniseries (2020)


Miniseries
The Queen's Gambit

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Its moves aren't always perfect, but between Anya Taylor-Joy's magnetic performance, incredibly realized period details, and emotionally intelligent writing, The Queen's Gambit is an absolute win.

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Critic Ratings: 100

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Episodes

Air date: Oct 23, 2020

Sent to an orphanage at age 9, Beth develops an uncanny knack for chess -- and a growing dependence on the green tranquilizers given to the children.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2020

Suddenly plunged into a confusing new life in suburbia, teenage Beth studies her high school classmates and hatches a plan to enter a chess tournament.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2020

The trip to Cincinnati launches Beth and her mother into a whirlwind of travel and press coverage. Beth sets her sights on the U.S. Open in Las Vegas.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2020

Russian class opens the door to a new social scene. In Mexico City, Beth meets the intimidating Borgov, while her mother cozies up to a pen pal.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2020

Back home in Kentucky, a shaken Beth reconnects with a former opponent who offers to help sharpen her game ahead of theU.S. Championship.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2020

After training with Benny in New York, Beth heads to Paris for her rematch with Borgov. But a wild night sends her into a self-destructive spiral.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2020

A visit from an old friend forces Beth to reckon with her past and rethink her priorities -- just in time for the biggest match of her life.

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Critic Reviews for The Queen's Gambit Miniseries

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (37)

It's so natural it's easy to overlook, but growing up onscreen is hard, precise work, and this young talent makes it look easy.

Dec 29, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It is a transporting tale of an extraordinary life and a window onto a world of addiction and empowerment, pawns and queens.

Oct 27, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Queen's Gambit" makes all kinds of unexpected moves.

Oct 23, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Anchored by a magnetic lead performance and bolstered by world-class acting, marvelous visual language, a teleplay that's never less than gripping, and an admirable willingness to embrace contradiction and ambiguity, it's one of the year's best series.

Oct 23, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The Queen's Gambit is a visual character study thanks to its period setting and nifty cinematography.

Oct 19, 2020 | Full Review…

The absence of villains, especially for an American show portraying Cold War era Russians, complements the dignity of the show.

Mar 30, 2021 | Full Review…

Chess may be the central subject of this spectacular Netflix series, but make no mistake in thinking that The Queen's Gambit is solely about this game of strategy. It's about so much more.

Mar 29, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

An empowering tale about a female chess prodigy that, thankfully for amateurs, does not get bogged down in fine details and is still satisfying to those who do know the game.

Mar 9, 2021 | Full Review…

...an instant classic, as meaningful to the literate over-thinker as to casual audiences, and exactly the kind of original project that rarely seemed to find purchase in cinema over the last few decades...

Feb 9, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Jury's out, but it's one of the best series of the year, I would definitely say so. Well-crafted and directed.

Jan 19, 2021 | Full Review…

Not the best series Iv'e ever seen, but it's really up there. Well-crafted and fun.

Jan 19, 2021 | Full Review…

It may be a surprise that a show about chess has become one of Netflix's most-streamed shows of the past couple of weeks. But it shouldn't be -- not when it is filled with standout performances and its chess competitions play out like boxing matches.

Jan 15, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Queen's Gambit: Miniseries

  • 1d ago
    Shorty checkmated my heart in only a few episodes. Amazing show. Really highlights how engaging and interesting the chess world can be.
  • 5d ago
    refrescante la manera en que se maneja el ajedrez de modo que no genera sueño en el espectador, todo lo contrario genera gran tención
  • Apr 04, 2021
    A masterpiece. A thruth, honest to God - Masterpiece
  • Apr 02, 2021
    Fantastic movie. Great plot, great writing. Classic
  • Mar 31, 2021
    Wow. I don't know if I can say anything else. This. Was. Incredible. I cannot recommend this series enough, and I think that everything about this is amazing. I can only wish that I had created it.
  • Mar 30, 2021
    Wow, well told ... that‘s how you put a book on the small screen!
  • Mar 30, 2021
    A miniseries which is able to take the struggels of addiction and mix it with the genius mind of a world champion chess player. The Queen's Gambit was able to be an award winning miniseries using, what many people would consider, a difficult to understand and even (to some people) boring game. This show is great, and shows the struggle of addiction in a great way. Seeing Beth Harmons addictions take control of her is sad yet keeps you interested. One of the only things I say, as an avid chess player, is that they should have shown more of the games. It would help some people learn about chess, and keep the chess players completely interested in the game. Although, even if they don't show much of the chess board, the actors are still able to portray each move telling everyone whats happening. Overall, this miniseries was fantastic and was able to portray addiction in a great way while keeping the shows main story interesting. Although, they should have shown us the chess games as they would've made the games a lot more suspensful.
  • Mar 28, 2021
    The cast's incredible acting, the fascinating topic of chess combined with the themes of overcoming addiction and loneliness contribute to the greatness of this TV series. The exponential progression of the plot's timeline is perfect, providing the audience with just enough time to comprehend every scene. One cleverly used technique to point out is the foreshadowing of the Queen's Gambit, the opening that Shaibel played against Beth, and the exact same one she used to beat Borgov. Lastly, the setting of this show is also interesting, with the tournament happening during the Cold War.
  • Mar 28, 2021
    This show is such a cinematographic masterpiece! I actually paused a few times just to admire the shot with perfect framing, lighting, everything. The story is very interesting and comes with a roller coaster of emotions and relatable characters, but I couldn't help sensing a little romanticization when it came to substance abuse and addiction, they could've touched the topic with a little more delicacy. It could've been a tad longer to give the characters a little more depth as well, but I think they've done what they could with only 7 episodes. Overall, it's a good show.
  • Mar 22, 2021
    Not the sort of show I'd normally watch, but the good reviews persuaded me, and it didn't disappoint. The story was very well put together and the performances by the actors were great.

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