Sundance 2013: COMPUTER CHESS Review

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There’s humor and insight to be found in a group of early-1980s computer nerds going to a convention to see whose computer is the best chess player.  Computer Chess has this opportunity, but writer-director Andrew Bujalski is so woefully inept that his movie veers between sleep-inducing and excruciatingly awkward.  Bujalski has the tools to make his movie interesting, and he misses almost every chance to bring life into his mess of a picture.  His scattershot style never hits the mark, the stilted performances create even more distance from the audience, and resulting experience is like spending time with a dull and graceless human being for 90 minutes.

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