WarGames (War Games)
WarGames (War Games) (1983)

In War Games, a young computer hacker (Matthew Broderick), thinking he's checking out a new video game, inadvertently breaks into the Pentagon's missile-defense system and challenges the computer in a game of Global Thermonuclear… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 28, 1998
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Part delightfully tense techno-thriller, part refreshingly unpatronizing teen drama, WarGames is one of the more inventive -- and genuinely suspenseful -- Cold War movies of the 1980s.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Classic humanist-didactic filmmaking, effectively presented as a thriller.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

As tense and effective now as it was 25 years ago. The worry back then was more about Soviet missiles than about credit card identity theft, but good filmmaking techniques haven't changed.

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Nathan Ditum
Total Film

What keeps it remarkably fresh is an unpatronising approach to what is ostensibly a kids' thriller, and a set of ideas (remember when Hollywood used them?) that rightly consign all the cradle modems and dot-matrix printers to the margins.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

To me, the most enjoyable aspect of WarGames is when David is at work on his computer system. There's something wonderfully nostalgic about watching a guy play with such antiquated machinery and recognize that it was [once] considered state-of-the-art.

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Time Out

The first half has a sardonic edge to it, but the more seriously the movie takes itself the sillier it gets.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Slick and suspenseful, though a little heavy-handed.

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Variety Staff
Variety

John Badham solders the pieces into a terrifically exciting story charged by an irresistible idea: an extra-smart kid can get the world into a whole lot of trouble that it also takes the same extra-smart kid to rescue it from.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

As a premise for a thriller, this is a masterstroke.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

This inventive nail-biter is very much a product of its time -- blending the arms-race unease of the early 1980s with the beginning of the home-computer revolution -- but it still manages to both grip and entertain.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A teenage computer hacker accidentally starts a World War III simulation with a military supercomputer. In the oeuvre of "the machines are… More
AJ Verser
Another great technology gone awry themed film. This stars a young Broderick, and he's really cute. This is a great movie, I love it.
Melvin White
Stephen Falken: What you see on these screens up here is a fantasy; a computer enhanced hallucination!  "Is it a game, or is it real?" Wargames is a… More
Tim Salmons
Haven't seen this in forever, but I liked it when I did.
Jim Careter
A really exciting and funny movie. Was it trying to be to be funny, who knows, but it was. The pure stupidity of these characters was funny to me. The plot… More
Wahida K
This Movie reminded me of Brain Storm so I quit watching after about 20 minutes.