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  • Summary: An overgrown nerd who serves as Grand Master of a fantasy board game finds his role as leader of the misfits put into jeopardy when a new initiate enters the group.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 9, 2013
    Directors Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews' directorial debut (from Matthews' screenplay) centers on a highly unlikable character who has alienated himself from social responsibility -- and forces you to sympathize with him against all odds.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 23, 2013
    Directors Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews create a great framework for the epic nemesis battle, but also know when to pull back to keep the movie grounded in reality.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Oct 8, 2013
    The comic scenes arc into bleakness, and the bleak ones often collapse back into comedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Oct 11, 2013
    Zero Charisma is a movie about emotionally inert people who labor mightily to change their lives in small ways, and whose efforts at self-improvement are thwarted by emotional feedback loops that cause them to make the same mistakes over and over. If it were possible to roll your way out of real world crises, these guys would do just fine, but there are no saving throws in life.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 23, 2013
    Sam Eidson is perfect for the lead role, but that doesn't exactly guarantee the fanboy crowd will embrace the film.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 10, 2013
    Has plenty of humor but no satirical bite.
  7. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Oct 11, 2013
    It’s an ugly, unpleasant viewing experience, one that sees geek culture as a hateful cesspool of exclusion and juvenility, miserable to experience first-hand.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 12, 2013
    Watched as part of the Calgary International Film Festival. Plenty of cringe humor and exposes hipsters for the pop-culture vampires they are for good measure. Collapse