The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

Obsession and the pursuit of excellence push diehard gamers to break World Records on classic arcade games like Q*bert, Joust, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong. The film follows a middle school science teacher as he battles a hot sauce mogul for… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 29, 2008
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96%
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93%



Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The King of Kong is funny and compelling with more than a few poignant insights into human behavior. Director Seth Gordon presents the dueling King Kong players in all their obsessive complexity and with perfectly al dente observations.

David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Hilarious and eye-popping.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Amusing documentary duel at the video arcade.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Wonderful, hilarious documentary.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A terrifically entertaining documentary about an unlikely subject.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

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.

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Ian Buckwalter
DCist

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
good fun but seemed a little staged for the cameras - ok, very staged.
Michael S
This is an incredible documentary about two of the most obsessive and unforgettable characters I've seen in ANY FILM! Entertaining, unforgettable and… More
Alex roy
Good documentary, but is not as great as what every critic has claimed it to be. The film uncovers the word of competitive gaming and some of its icons such as… More
Steve K
Okay, I'm going to be "that guy". I didn't think it was that funny. Sure, funny in moments, and I like the idea that it exists, but mainly… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Don't get chumpatized"</i> Diehard video game fans compete to break World Records on classic arcade games.… More
Jay Hutchinson
The best documentaries, I've found, are the ones whose focus is microscopic--the ones try to tell the story of just a few people. This is such a film. It… More

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