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Computer Chess

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Andrew Bujalski

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About the Movie

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


  • Reviews Counted: 76
  • Fresh: 66
  • 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

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.


omg this is awful. That said, the acting is mostly top notch and it has some laughs – but in the end it can't make up for a mercilessly boring 2hrs (although it felt more like 3).

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2013

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