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Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2004)

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For the international chess community, it was a blow against humanity when Garry Kasparov -- arguably the greatest chess player the ancient game has seen - lost to IBM's computer, Deep Blue. "It's about the supremacy of human beings over machines in purely intellectual fields. It's about defending human superiority in an area that defines human beings," Kasparov had said prior to the 1997 match. He did not take the loss lightly.

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Critic Reviews for Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (17)

[It] suffers for its tidy reduction of the conflict to man-vs.-monolith romanticism; it does, however, work surprisingly well as a paranoid thriller, complete with screeching tires and telephoto lenses peeking out of the slate-gray windows...

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Propelled by the edge-of-nerves atmospherics of Robert Lane's music, this is as much a psychological thriller as a historical document.

March 27, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Although Jayanti creates an absorbing scenario of possible corporate malfeasance engineered by a group of slide-rule wielding thugs and shadowy boardroom bullies, he fails to produce the requisite smoking pawn.

March 18, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Though it never disguises its sympathies for Kasparov and contempt for a powerful corporation's machinations, docu is finally a speculation on the limits of the human mind and how truth can never be fully known.

March 4, 2005

In overemphasizing the conspiracy case, Game Over moves from being a compelling documentary to a frankly irritating one.

March 4, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

An engaging film.

March 4, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

It goes with the conspiracy story when there's a more interesting philosophical story waiting to be told.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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½

Man Vs. Machine. The human mind takes on a computer, and fails. As we see, all men succumb to paranoia, stress, confidence and so on. But is everything as it seems? Kasparov certainly presents an interesting case, but given the times, it's only natural we all hate the big company. Sure, it's suspicious that he never got a rematch. That things were kept locked behind closed doors etc. Kasparov clearly has a love for the game, and shows himself to be better than any computer by granting a rematch to his rival from many years before. Unfortunately, the director clearly has a bias and isn't very subtle about it. When the journalist talks about his article, he is shot from a high angle, half-lit and very shadowy. He is the only person shot like this. Making it kind of humorous, but also unfair. It's a great story, and Kasparov has nothing to be ashamed of. After all, he was beaten by just a single game, and the computer took many programmers etc. Certainly sparked my interest in chess.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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½

[font=Century Gothic]"Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine" is a frustrating documentary about the 1996 and 1997 chess matches between Garry Kasparov, human world chess champion, and Deep Blue, IBM chess computer. Kasparov won the first match but lost the rematch. The controversy begins with accusations of IBM fixing the match, even though no evidence is ever presented.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]The movie is at its best when it is about the computer experts early in the film. And I would have continued to be fascinated if it had followed that line to explore advances in computer technology. Instead, the filmmaker uses the documentary to make an anticorporate screed. There are several hundred worse things corporations do on a daily basis than rig a public relations stunt.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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