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Video Games: The Movie

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Jeremy Snead

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About the Movie

From executive producer Zach Braff comes an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox, and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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18%
  • Reviews Counted: 17
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 4.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Unfocused and repetitive, this feature-length commercial by Jeremy Snead uses a muddled timeline and bargain basement graphics to produce a horn-tooting, "Aren't games awesome?" tone. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jul 17, 2014

Rotten: It's a lovefest in which critics' voices and debate are simply absent, and the only talking space is wonder, nostalgia and excitement for the future. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jul 17, 2014

Rotten: Video Games: The Movie opens with a barrage of statistics before segueing into a sketchy history lesson-cum-industry promotion. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Jul 15, 2014

Rotten: A by-the-books documentary that gives the history of video games bracketed with the voices of spirited members of the vast community of gamers, Video Games: The Movie is aimed squarely at its target audience. – Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, Jul 17, 2014

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Customer Reviews

“Documentary"

Doesn’t appear that anything was researched when producing this. The historical viewpoint retelling the history of the industry is full of inaccuracies. Very little to be learned here unless you are completely new to the video gaming world.

Long and generic

I had high hopes for this doc. It was very generic and skipped a lot of important stuff. Very boring in parts.

All Surface

I wanted to like this documentary more than I did. The documentary spends too much time trying to convince the viewer that geeks and nerds are the norm now, without earning that conclusion, and without exploring what that actually means. The documentary also fails to pick out some of the more interesting stories from the history of video games. During the ending credits there are outtakes from celebrities and Kickstarter backers that turn out to be far more interesting than the movie before then.