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.
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.
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.
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.