Pawn Sacrifice
Pawn Sacrifice (2015)

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 22, 2015
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Anchored by a sensitive performance from Tobey Maguire, Pawn Sacrifice adds another solidly gripping drama to the list of films inspired by chess wiz Bobby Fischer.

David Sims
The Atlantic

Like all of Zwick's works, it's perfectly watchable fare, but it's often infuriating for its refusal to dig deeper into its incredibly compelling subject.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Despite his best emoting, Maguire ultimately comes across as Peter Parker with a mole and a bad haircut.

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Molly Laich
Missoula Independent

Pawn Sacrifice has all the pieces in place (ha ha) and yet it's missing that intangible spark necessary to elevate a biopic beyond the realm of dramatic reenactment.

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

Fine-looking but safe ...

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Genius is fascinating, particularly when it is complicated, as it always seems to be.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Landing somewhere between art-house and solid mainstream entertainment, Pawn Sacrifice probably owes its art-house cred to its cast, subject matter and screenwriter Steven Knight .

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Archived news reports and a Dick Cavett interview fit seamlessly into the dramatic recreations, as do era-specific rock tunes.

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Andrew O'Hehir

Features a showboat performance from Tobey Maguire as the increasingly disturbed Fischer, along with a more composed one from Liev Schreiber as the taciturn Spassky.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

too literal and heavy-handed in its treatment, and Bobby emerges as yet another tortured genius who fell prey to his own demons, as if there is no other alternative.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
Pawn Sacrifice presents Bobby Fischer as a most unlikeable individual. He suffers from moods that fly into a rage at the drop of a hat. He avows the Soviets… More
Jeff Boam
Sacrificing little by way of straight forwardness, Edward Zwick's slick looking and faithful but unimaginative interpretation of real events merely makes… More
Philip Price
From the opening frames it is clear that Pawn Sacrifice looks to analyze and discuss the psychology of this young man who would become the worlds greatest chess… More