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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. You'll find heartbreakingly star-crossed lovers, a heartless villain (Wilson) and a dazzling backdrop of aristocratic life before and after the Russian Revolution.
  4. 63
    Handsome and well-acted, yet it can't hold a pawn to Nabokov's harrowing and moving character study.
  5. 63
    The film is elegiac and sad, beautifully mounted, but not as compelling as it should be.
  6. Might be for you. Or you might be bored anyway.

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