Bobby Fischer Against the World
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Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus, this feature-length documentary explores the complex life of Bobby Fischer, the troubled genius whose charisma and talent spurred a worldwide fascination with chess, the "Game of Kings." Fischer's evolution from isolated child to chess prodigy, global superstar, angry recluse and, finally, fugitive from the law, is a spellbinding story of the making and unmaking of an American icon. Rare archival footage and insightful interviews with those closest to him expand this captivating story of a mastermind's tumultuous rise and fall.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 45
- Fresh: 39
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Tactfully but strongly posits a connection between the genius he brought to an infinitely complex game and the madness that defined his relationship to just about everything else.
Fresh: Assembly is brisk and high-grade, allowing for the variable quality of archival materials.
Fresh: A once-in-a-lifetime character makes for a fascinating documentary subject in producer-director Liz Garbus' "Bobby Fischer Against the World."
Fresh: Another quality picture for HBO Documentaries.
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Peeled back my brain
This doc is pure excellence. It speaks of chess, humanity and the fine line between genius and madness. Anyone who gives this film less than 4 stars is frankly, ignorant. Peace.