Pawn Sacrifice
Pawn Sacrifice (2015)

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 25, 2015
DVD Release Date: December 22, 2015
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Anchored by a sensitive performance from Tobey Maguire, Pawn Sacrifice adds another solidly gripping drama to the list of films inspired by chess wiz Bobby Fischer.

David Sims
The Atlantic

Like all of Zwick's works, it's perfectly watchable fare, but it's often infuriating for its refusal to dig deeper into its incredibly compelling subject.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Despite his best emoting, Maguire ultimately comes across as Peter Parker with a mole and a bad haircut.

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Lisa Jensen
Good Times Santa Cruz

[Bobby] Fischer is still considered by many as the greatest chess player of all time. [Edward] Zwick's film invites us to ponder if that is enough.

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

Fine-looking but safe ...

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Genius is fascinating, particularly when it is complicated, as it always seems to be.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Absorbing, handsomely crafted ...

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Archived news reports and a Dick Cavett interview fit seamlessly into the dramatic recreations, as do era-specific rock tunes.

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Andrew O'Hehir

Features a showboat performance from Tobey Maguire as the increasingly disturbed Fischer, along with a more composed one from Liev Schreiber as the taciturn Spassky.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Maguire, an actor I've always admired, is fine as Fischer, becoming more erratic and wild-eyed as his fame grows. However, the script is one-note.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It is dull, formulaic and directed in such a mediocre way (hell, even Zwick's sense of geography is terrible) that there is no pleasure in going through… More
Dann Michalski
A fascinating character piece, Pawn Sacrifice looks at the tragedy and genius of chess Grandmaster Bobby Fischer. After withdrawing from competitive play… More
jay nixon
Dull rendition of a troubled man's life.
Jeffrey Meyers
Pawn Sacrifice Captivating, confounding, and utterly enthralling, Pawn Sacrifice is a gem of a film that deserves much more attention and praise than it is… More
Mark Hobin
Pawn Sacrifice presents Bobby Fischer as a most unlikeable individual. He suffers from moods that fly into a rage at the drop of a hat. He avows the Soviets… More
Chrisanne Chin
An excellent performance by Tobey Maguire as the troubled but brilliant chess player, Bobby Fischer, and supported by an incredibly good cast. Gripping to the… More