Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Schueller
    Gordon's documentary proves better than 90 percent of the manufactured stories out this summer. One can breathe a sigh of relief that it was done right and not cobbled into another bad fictional comedy.
  2. 100
    It’s not just one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen, it’s one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Period.
  3. A funny and madly arresting new documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    It's all true--every magical, exhilarating, infuriating, dumbfounding, jaw-dropping second of Gordon's miniature masterpiece.
  5. 91
    This film about fierce competition among classic video-game players is a comic action epic in documentary form. It captures fear -- and heroism -- in a handful of dusty video games.
  6. 91
    Gordon's feature directorial debut mostly stops being about video-game obsession and turns into a film about what it takes to make it in America.
  7. Very entertaining (and doesn’t overstay its welcome) but it’s a little depressing to contemplate.
  8. 88
    Like "Air Guitar Nation," the stranger-than-fiction cast of characters is fascinating, and their high-stakes machinations are nothing short of mind-boggling.
  9. 88
    A portrait of two different men whose compulsion for Donkey Kong is hilarious.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Alt
    If you don't play at all, you may find yourself enjoying this film more than anyone, because you'll at least get all the laughs with none of the cringing self-recognition.
  11. One of this year's funniest movies -- and its most inspirational sports drama -- is a documentary.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Nov 4, 2012
    The King of Kong is an excellent documentary. It portrays an engaging story and the director should be praised for how well the audience is positioned during the movie. Many great scenes, and wholly recommended. Full Review »
  2. Aug 12, 2013
    The King of Kong follows Steve Wiebe's attempt to beat the Donkey Kong world record held by the famous (in arcade gaming circles) Billy Mitchell, a record held since 1982 that many thought would never be beaten.
    Unfortunately for Wiebe simply beating Mitchells score is not enough. The established arcade hierarchy aren't happy with an outsider beating their 'hero' Mitchell. What transpires is an underdog story to rival the best Hollywood has offered in recent years as Wiebe tries to prove himself to the arcade elite.

    By the end it becomes impossible not to want Wiebe to succeed (partly because Mitchell is so smug), ignore the subject matter this is simply a great real life story.
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  3. Dec 27, 2011
    "King of Kong - A Fistful of Quarters" - One Line Review!

    The one word review would be amazing, but even if you aren't into video games, this
    documentary is incredible - There's some controversy after the making of it, but it's so funny and so good - Everyone should check it out. Available on Netflix' instant queue!
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