The Luzhin Defence

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  • Summary: Based on the Vladimir Nabokov novel of the same name, this film examines the effects of love and obsession, and how two passions could tear a man apart. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. I can't think of another movie that more fluently communicates the special agony and ecstasy of the game of chess.
  2. 83
    Fine candy for mind and eye.
  3. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Watson's character grows in importance until she eclipses the recessive Luzhin.
  4. Turturro's Luzhin is a cinematic soulmate of Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man and Geoffrey Rush's David Helfgott.
  5. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    63
    Handsome and well-acted, yet it can't hold a pawn to Nabokov's harrowing and moving character study.
  6. When the film sticks with the eccentric comedy of a highborn woman attracted to a preoccupied genius, it works splendidly. When it strays into melodrama, it is as ill-equipped as Luzhin.
  7. Might be for you. Or you might be bored anyway.

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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1

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