100

Chicago Tribune

Gordon's documentary proves better than 90 percent of the manufactured stories out this summer. One can breathe a sigh of relief that it was done right and not cobbled into another bad fictional comedy.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A funny and madly arresting new documentary.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A portrait of two different men whose compulsion for Donkey Kong is hilarious.
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88

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Heartbreaking and hilarious.
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88

Premiere

If you don't play at all, you may find yourself enjoying this film more than anyone, because you'll at least get all the laughs with none of the cringing self-recognition.
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88

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Like "Air Guitar Nation," the stranger-than-fiction cast of characters is fascinating, and their high-stakes machinations are nothing short of mind-boggling.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
As impressive as it is geeky. Most of the principal characters look like they haven't seen daylight since "Pac-Man Fever" was on the charts.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
A nuanced study in obsession, dedication, manipulation, ethics and how the all-American need to be the best at something -- anything -- can shape a life.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A documentary that is beyond strange, follows two arch-enemies in their grim, long-term rivalry, which involves way more time than any human lifetime should devote to Donkey Kong.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Who would have guessed that a documentary about gamers obsessed with scoring a world record at Donkey Kong would not only be roaringly funny but serve as a metaphor for the decline of Western civilization?
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83 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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