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Computer Chess

  Unrated HD Closed Captioning

Andrew Bujalski

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Plot Summary

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed with the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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86%
  • Reviews Counted: 74
  • Fresh: 64
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: You need no particular knowledge or affection for the game of kings to appreciate the whimsy of "Computer Chess." – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Aug 1, 2013

Fresh: It's impossible not to see "Computer Chess" as both a humble, low-fi ode to evanescence and the deceptively cute baby picture of the digital disrupters who will soon bestride the Earth. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Aug 8, 2013

Fresh: A breakthrough -- not just for indie writer-director Andrew Bujalski, but for American movie comedy. – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Sep 26, 2013

Fresh: A deadpan mock-documentary about an early-'80s gathering of programming nerds, arguing about AI and predictive algorithms and showing off questionable fashion choices and facial hair. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jul 26, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Computer Chess

Excellent movie! Best I've seen in years. Captured the sights & sounds of the era perfectly including the sole woman among the men. They were truly geniuses then with all their eccentric ways. See it

Critic Mashup

"Geeks gone wild...A lot of nerdy and a lot of weird."
- Michael Calore, WIRED

"An astonishing new film...Recreates the excitement and strangeness of the early days of personal computing."
- Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“…the funniest, headiest, most playfully eccentric American indie of the year…” — Village Voice

“Geeks gone wild...” — WIRED

“Hilarious and brilliant.....a new Dr. Strangelove.” — Accréds

“Nothing else could better illustrate the virtues of unalloyed improvisational weirdness. Mr. Bujalski is up to something new in this unique comedy.” — The Wall Street Journal

“An endearingly nutty, proudly analog tribute to the ultra-nerdy innovators of yesteryear.” — Variety

Interesting ....

If you're looking for a movie about the history of computer Chess, keep looking, This movie reminds me of the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - without the electro-shock therapy.

Computer Chess
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2013

Customer Ratings