Pawn Sacrifice
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tobey Maguire does a great job"
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
""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."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"Tobey Maguire gives an angry, bristling performance as chess champ Bobby Fischer in Edward Zwick's conventionally effective biopic."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"While not as compelling as BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD, still a very worthwhile film."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"This well-acted and handsomely crafted biopic is not a total checkmate, but takes the queen all the same."
‑ Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ David D'Arcy, Screen International
More reviews for Pawn Sacrifice on Rotten Tomatoes