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Based on 26 Reviews
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  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    At a certain point, Bujalski - the mumblecore meister, gleefully pushing the envelope of credulity here - jettisons the mock-doc pretense for a Christopher Guest-like glimpse into a strange subculture of the everyday. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Better to stick with his slightly weird, ultra-focused nerds, who toil away on something strange and special, simply for the beauty of it. show more

  • 30
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Basically the film consists of a bunch of techies in white shirts and glasses laboriously discussing their views, exchanges you get the feeling the filmmaker thought would come off as humorous. show more

  • 85
    Ella Taylor NPR

    The beguiling Computer Chess is about the dawn — one of many, but that's another story — of the tech revolution. It's also a reminder that you don't need state-of-the-art toys to make a formally playful comedy about man versus machine. show more

  • 100
    Jesse Cataldo Slant Magazine

    A movie which sits at the nexus between spoken and written language, the latter mostly of the programming variety. show more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Shot on a vintage Portapak video camera that actually predates the movie’s early-eighties setting and painstakingly crafted to resemble an analog artifact from a bygone era, Computer Chess is, ironically, a comedy about technological innovation. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Computer Chess is deeply strange and occasionally impenetrable, yet it’s also surreally funny, with touches of science fiction that bedevil the proceedings with outré possibilities. show more

  • 63
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    A naturalist comic of inarticulate manners, writer-director Andrew Bujalski attempts the ensemble styles of Robert Altman and Christopher Guest to peer into a micro-culture in Computer Chess. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert

    As an achievement, Computer Chess is laudable. As a film, it's missable. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Even for a mumblecore film, Computer Chess is weak stuff, a punitively dull chunk of quirk that is about, and feels like, being stuck in a motel with a gaggle of programming nerds for a weekend. show more

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