Computer Chess Synopsis
In the 1980s, young geniuses try to create a chess program to beat a human player.
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Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
A movie which sits at the nexus between spoken and written language, the latter mostly of the programming variety.
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The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
The endlessly surprising, often riotously funny Computer Chess basks in the details of a group of men who, at a key point in history, are...
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The A.V. Club

By Mike D'Angelo
What’s more, it’s fun, generating pleasure not from canned jokes or clichéd plot twists but simply from a sense of unhindered freedom.
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By Eric Kohn
Computer Chess excels at conveying the frustrations of feeling trapped by forces beyond one's control, the complexities of humanity...
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The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
Computer Chess may seem like a novelty item, but it’s that and more, accumulating insight and substance without ever losing the fun of...
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Peculiar and sneakily brilliant.
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Village Voice

By Aaron Hillis
So far the funniest, headiest, most playfully eccentric American indie of the year, Bujalski's perceptive avant-garde comedy...teases out...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Shot on a vintage Portapak video camera that actually predates the movie’s early-eighties setting and painstakingly crafted to resemble an...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
A naturalist comic of inarticulate manners, writer-director Andrew Bujalski attempts the ensemble styles of Robert Altman and Christopher...
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By Justin Chang
Computer Chess is ultimately too slack and scattershot to work consistently well as a comedy.
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By franbailey
One of the worst movies I have ever seen! Not funny. Not well written....

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By rdsalamon
Thought this was going to be a documentary and was very disappointed. Tried to like it but it was too weird and really didn't 'say' anything....

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Dont believe the reviews

By cscar4
While I liked the early 80s style and VHS style, this film could not have been more boring. Had read a great review on FSR but was thoroughly disappointed. Had I not known it was only a 90-min film...