The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
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Seth Gordon's documentary The King of Kong follows the exploits of the two best Donkey Kong players in America. Billy Mitchell has held the world record for the popular video game for over 20 years. The film covers his rise to prominence, and the circle of associates he keeps in the Twin Galaxies organization, which serves as the official referee and scorekeeper of the electronic gaming world; within the organization, Mitchell is highly revered for his prowess at a number of games. Eventually Steve Wiebe, with time on his hands now that he finds himself without a job, decides to seriously… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"You could hardly call it a paragon of impartial filmmaking, but this is still a compelling and immersive glance into the nature of competitiveness and the corrupting aspects of fame."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Hilarious and eye-popping."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Amusing documentary duel at the video arcade."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"every bit as exciting as any sports %uFB01lm, while also shedding light on how obsessions can combine with corrupt power structures to drive otherwise normal people to ridiculous ends."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"An engrossing story that plucks at the heartstrings just as hard as it pummels the fire buttons."
‑ James Dyer, Empire Magazine
"Is there anything more tiresome than watching people play video games? Seth Gordon's documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters answers that question with a decisive yes: watching a movie about people playing video games."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Wonderful, hilarious documentary."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Seth Gordon's unexpectedly engrossing documentary about the quest for a "Donkey Kong" record - a seeming paradise only for the pale and pasty -offered a fascinating, infuriating look at the bleakly funny morass of American social expectations."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"It's clear that director Seth Gordon is rooting for Wiebe - but it is not just a trick of the editing that means within 30 minutes of the political machinations of Kong beginning, you will be too."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Gordon invites us to snicker at his cast of hardcore gamers, for whom 'Donkey Kong' tournaments are as vital as Super Bowls and as divisive as the war on abortion. But once embedded in their strange world, he finds a compelling story to tell."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"A terrifically entertaining documentary about an unlikely subject."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Directed by Seth Gordon, the film illuminates and draws you into a subculture you never knew existed and makes you genuinely care about its characters."
‑ Adam Graham, Detroit News
"Even if you've never so much as eaten a single ghost in a game of Ms. Pac-Man, King of Kong is still a remarkable (and remarkably hilarious) film."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"A great little documentary, full of laughs, drama and tension. It's like Rocky, but with a joystick. And an opponent who isn't actually seen stepping into the ring."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"If it weren't for swirling currents of humanity, the film would bore me Gongless. But it turns out to be character thriller with a big finish."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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