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  • Summary: Video Games: The Movie chronicles the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, Video Games: The Movie is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox, and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead. Expand
  • Director: Jeremy Snead
  • Genre(s): Action, Sci-Fi, History, Animation, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 105 min
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 17, 2014
    60
    The modern stuff is undeniably fawning. But given the eye-popping visuals, you understand the enthusiasm. Especially if you left your heart, and thousands of dollars in quarters, in an arcade.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Manuel
    Jul 16, 2014
    50
    You’ll get little more than a refresher course in the art of gaming from this documentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jul 18, 2014
    50
    A missed opportunity; a documentary that plays too much like fan service, ignoring actual insight or even detailed history of its chosen subject in favor of unapologetic adoration.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 15, 2014
    40
    More problematic than its lack of a compellingly laid-out time line is the film's habit of hopping between points of interest, so that every one of its chosen topics...is treated with a few catchy sound bites.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 17, 2014
    40
    It's a lovefest in which critics' voices and debate are simply absent, and the only talking space is wonder, nostalgia and excitement for the future.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 18, 2014
    40
    Amid it all, Snead does a nice job of laying out the history of video games. If nothing else, there's a lot of information here. But there's also a lot of information on the Wikipedia entry for "video games." All in all, I'd rather be playing "Madden 15."
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 17, 2014
    40
    Unfocused and repetitive, this feature-length commercial by Jeremy Snead uses a muddled timeline and bargain basement graphics to produce a horn-tooting, “Aren’t games awesome?” tone.

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  1. Jul 21, 2014
    4
    More of a money making venture than a genuine documentary. Questionable speakers, padding out with montages, and weird views (facebook is a game?) don't help this effort in documentary making. Expand

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