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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. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    83
    Fine candy for mind and eye.
  3. 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. 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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