Bobby Fischer Against The World
Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011)

Considered by many to be the greatest chess player to ever live, Bobby Fischer Against the World is the first and definitive documentary biography of the eccentric genius who rose from humble beginnings and captivated a world audience with… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 9, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2011
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

A once-in-a-lifetime character makes for a fascinating documentary subject in producer-director Liz Garbus' "Bobby Fischer Against the World."

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Supplies a cracked, conflicted genius trapped in his ceaseless endgame.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

An affective portrait of an intense, obsessed man and a tense, twisty, and occasionally inspiring narrative surrounding the Fischer-Spassky match.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Liz Garbus's documentary about the great American chess champion Bobby Fischer does its level best to avoid the easy cliché equating madness and genius, except that, in the case of Fischer, the cliché apparently holds up.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Garbus handles this decline with tact. The sorry spectacle of the ranting codger never effaces the image of the boy concentrating his entire being over a chessboard. You have to love that kid and pity him.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Absorbing documentary biopic on the former world chess champion Bobby Fischer.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Tactfully but strongly posits a connection between the genius he brought to an infinitely complex game and the madness that defined his relationship to just about everything else.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Overall, the film lacks that precise hook of exactly why it's worth telling this story now, but it remains a fascinating story nonetheless.

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Brent Simon

Tackles the iconoclastic nature of its subject both personally and professionally, making a persuasive, emotionally involving case for the dark, troubled flipside of genius.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
When I was in college, I would occasionally play a friend in chess. And he admitted he had a hard time playing me, because of my strategy. I didn't have… More
Grifty G
Fascinating doc. Lots of great footage of Fischer going back to when he was 15 years old.