The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Synopsis
Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe vie for the world record in the classic game ''Donkey Kong.''
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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...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A funny and madly arresting new documentary.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A portrait of two different men whose compulsion for Donkey Kong is hilarious.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Heartbreaking and hilarious.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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Great documentary

By rentoon
I went to an advance screening of this film at the California Extreme event in San Jose and it is very interesting. This talks about how one guy wanted to break a world record set by Billy Mitchell....

This is what independent film is all about!

By Whammo
This movie is a perfect example of why I love independent films. Real people, being themselves. You would not buy these characters as believeable if this were a scripted movie, because these people...

Best documentary in a longg time

By mokwella
The battle between rival champions for the Donkey Kong arcade game top score is the basis of the story here, but even those unfamiliar with video games will find the human dynamics here fascinating. ...

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Great Documentary! Must see!

By Boston1
I loved this movie. It's a documentary, but the characters are so amazing it's hard to believe it's true. But they are. Who knew that this segment of culture existed, beating world records on old...


By IrvThal
There's no possible way Hollywood could make anything this good, this unbelievably compelling, this boldly manipulative. Here's a movie that literally has the audience bursting into spontaneous...

A good old-fashioned showdown :-D

By hiryu87
Without a doubt one of the best movies I've seen all year. A true example of truth being stranger, and much more interesting, than fiction. While the movie revolves around early video game culture,...


By travelgirl1983
I was amazed at how much I cared about the outcome of this movie, considering I have no interest in video games whatsoever. The documentary became less about who would win, and more about a battle...

Nerd out and have a blast!

By Crotchis
This film wonderfully makes fun of everything and everyone equally. You laugh at, cheer with, and root for. What I loved the most is that I expected to simply see a good documentary, and I did, but...

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By Derrick Deane
As the release date indicates, it's been a while since this movie was in theaters and as a result, there has been some time to sort let this documentary age a bit. Like wine. Or cheese. Anyway, three...

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Rated PG-13 | For a brief sexual reference
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Amusing documentary duel at the video arcade.
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