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Benjamin Ree

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About the Movie

Magnus Carlsen was very different from his peers. He usually sat by himself, lost in thought, and his parents, Henrik and Sigrun, were concerned about his relative development. When a strong interest in numbers made them realize that he could become a good chess player, they introduced him to the game at the tender age of 5. In 2004, when Magnus was 13 years old, he made a decision: he would become the World Chess Champion. The coming of age story unfolds as we follow the prodigy as he battles his way through the ranks of chess masters through personal sacrifice and with the help of special friendships and a caring family.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: [An] insipid and uninformative portrait of singularity and obsession. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Nov 17, 2016

Fresh: The movie assumes that a chronicle of Magnus's rise will be enough to keep the audience hooked. That turns out to be the right call. – Owen Gleiberman, Variety, Nov 18, 2016

Fresh: The loneliness of the long-distance chess grandmaster is affectingly conveyed in "Magnus," an intimate portrait of the game's reigning champ, 25-year-old Magnus Carlsen. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Dec 12, 2016

Fresh: Ree makes things easy for people who don't play chess, deftly pacing Carlsen's triumphs and failures and milking the suspense as "the Mozart of chess" employs his intuition to win ... – Daphne Howland, Village Voice, Nov 17, 2016

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