The Luzhin Defence
The Luzhin Defence (2001)

A lush historical drama from Dutch director Marlene Gorris, The Luzhin Defense is set in Como, a gorgeous northern Italian lakeside town located at the foot of the Alps. The year is 1929, and Alexander Luzhin (John Turturro) is a talented… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 20, 2001
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
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Consensus: Tuturro and Watson play well off each other in this intriguing and well-crafted film.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Makes up for a creaky structure with the intensity of emotion and psychological nuance provided by two of our finest screen actors.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When Luzhin's old chess teacher shows up, the movie becomes a slow-motion wreck.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Turturro supplies some good moments, but without a believable emotional core the film falls short

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

It plays a predictable, if pretty, game.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

If The Luzhin Defence falls short of being totally absorbing and compelling, it's surely because it's so difficult to translate Nabokov's view that we are all pawns in the big game.

Alex Ramirez

Vale por completo la pena, y, si gustan del juego ciencia, es una cinta obligada.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

As brave as it is affecting.

Steven Rosen
Denver Post

Trapped between being an offbeat, slightly daffy period romance and a dark study of a tragic genius, The Luzhin Defence struggles to a draw.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

More lyrical and affecting than the stiffly contrived A Beautiful Mind. Profoundly in touch with the miracle and curse of a fragile, fanatical artistic sensibility.

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