Computer Chess
Computer Chess (2013)

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 17, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With its delightfully retro production design, Computer Chess is an inventive, intelligent, and humorous comedy that celebrates the eccentricity and uniqueness of its subject.

Tom Long
Detroit News

In the end, you simply wish the characters (and the actors) were in a more subtle and focused film. "Computer Chess" plays a risky game. Unfortunately, it loses.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

It's impossible not to see "Computer Chess" as both a humble, low-fi ode to evanescence and the deceptively cute baby picture of the digital disrupters who will soon bestride the Earth.

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Amy Taubin

The movie seems like something retrieved from a thirty-five-year-old time capsule, which, in terms of the speed of technological change over that period, might have been light years away.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A supremely intelligent, beautifully constructed film, interweaving comedy and character, satire and subtext

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A shambling, Altmanesque ensemble comedy.

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects

It's the type of film that introduces a type of funny that you didn't know existed, that isn't based in popular culture or punchlines or pratfalls or virtually anything that we've seen before.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

A breakthrough -- not just for indie writer-director Andrew Bujalski, but for American movie comedy.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

You need no particular knowledge or affection for the game of kings to appreciate the whimsy of "Computer Chess."

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

Those weird elements don't take over the film, but they certainly make it a more delirious experience. It helps, though, that it's still grounded by real-feeling characters and an offbeat, low-key sense of humor.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Dolgin
intriguing period piece, that obviously took a lot of effort, but the comedy starts falling dry towards the end. I want to give this a re watch since I feel… More