WarGames (War Games)
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Once more, a wise-guy teenager tries to prove he's smarter than any adult-and nearly destroys the whole world in the process-in WarGames. Computer-game aficionado Matthew Broderick inadverently taps into a hush-hush Pentagon computer, then proceeds to inaugurate his favorite game, "Global Thermonuclear War". What we know, but Broderick doesn't, is that the Pentagon, hoping to eliminate the chancy "human element" in the event of an actual war, has given its computer total, irreversable control over the launching of nuclear weaponry. Broderick and government official… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"Classic humanist-didactic filmmaking, effectively presented as a thriller."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Nathan Ditum, Total Film
"Time might not have been kind to the look of WarGames, but with nuclear war still a very real threat, the picture's ability to manufacture suspense remains undimmed."
‑ , Film4
"As a Cold War message movie and cinematic descendent of Fail-Safe, WarGames examines the inherent danger in favoring technology's cool logic and situational calculations."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The first half has a sardonic edge to it, but the more seriously the movie takes itself the sillier it gets."
‑ , Time Out
"Slick and suspenseful, though a little heavy-handed."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's far too simplistic for comfort -- and downright dangerous if it makes anyone think today's self-destructive forces will bow jovially out of sight as soon as we grown-ups loosen up a little."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"In many ways, John Badham's intriguing tale was prophetic."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As a premise for a thriller, this is a masterstroke."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-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."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Memory makes the heart grow fonder, even when you're blowing up the world."
‑ Rob Vaux, Mania.com
"Suspenseful Cold War tale with teen gamer in control."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
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