Pawn Sacrifice
Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

Tobey Maguire steps into famed chess champion Bobby Fischer's shoes in this drama from director Edward Zwick surrounding the US vs. Russia chess bout with Boris Spassky. Steven Knight provides the screenplay. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Tobey Maguire does a great job

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Ian Gilchrist
HeyUGuys

A riveting performance from Toby Maguire as mentally ill chess champion Bobby Fischer dominates an assured but unremarkable biopic.

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Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

While not as compelling as BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD, still a very worthwhile film.

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Justin Chang
Variety

Tobey Maguire gives an angry, bristling performance as chess champ Bobby Fischer in Edward Zwick's conventionally effective biopic.

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Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered

Aided by a prickly, career-best turn from Tobey Maguire, Pawn Sacrifice is a mostly fascinating look at chess iconoclast Bobby Fischer.

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David D'Arcy
Screen International

The gripping period film, rigorous in its reconstruction of the recent past, proves that the game of chess can be cinematic in well-edited doses, and that Tobey Maguire as Fischer can sustain a serious, albeit quirky drama.

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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter

This well-acted and handsomely crafted biopic is not a total checkmate, but takes the queen all the same.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Zwick's film sets the stage for a brilliant intellectual showdown, then hides away its content, as if worried he's going to scare us off with too much chess. He castles and fritters away his pieces, angling for a dull draw.

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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

"Pawn Sacrifice" whips up a dervish of energy and is mostly engaging, yet the movie isn't a definitive checkmate. The narrative ferocity is unable, try as it might, to smooth over some of the bumps in the story and gaps in the plotting.

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