Reviews: Computer Chess (2013)

computer_chessReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This black and white, academically formatted comedy is like a retro, existential soap opera where nerds already puzzling out the machine vs. human paradox are totally flummoxed by a group of outwardly sexual new agers.
  • [New – 11/21] | Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: The good-humoured irony at the heart of Computer Chess is the notion that computers translate their programming into an urge to create connections, between each other and between their creators, the people who use them. Computer Chess is perhaps the most original American movie I’ve seen in 2013.
  • Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie
    • Excerpt: An element of randomness wonderfully juxtaposes the calculated game of chess and world of computer programming.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Dryly humorous and wonderfully weird, this is a preternaturally mundane evocation of early 80s nerdery and an almost scary peek at the history of AI.
  • Carson Lund @ In Review Online
    • Excerpt: Computer Chess reveals itself to be a beguiling, idiosyncratic, possibly great film, but not just because it constructs a situation that justifies Bujalski’s characteristic aimlessness; it also expands the director’s subject matter, stylistic approach and intellectual ambition.
  • Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby
    • Excerpt: the least accessible, yet most interesting of Bujalski’s entries, a true oddity that fascinates with technique rather than narrative.
  • Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit
    • Excerpt: Computer Chess carefully balances high-minded philosophy with comedy and pathos. All the while, Bujalski achieves an ultimate level of realism by enlisting a cast of computer savvy actors and non-actors who at least seem like they know what they’re rambling on about.
  • Ron Wilkinson @
    • Excerpt: The sparks almost fly in this slow and tedious look at the, well, slow and tedious side of computers.

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