• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 6, 2011
  • Season #: 1
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6

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  1. Sep 9, 2011
    10
    Documentary of chess prodigy pursues world cliché championship. Left alone by a hippie mother with a bottle of Drano and a book on chess tactics, the 6-year old Fischer takes the slower but surer poison of intellectual obsession resulting in worldwide acclaim and emotional isolation. More mysterious than the origins of Fischerâ
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81

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
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  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 6, 2011
    80
    [Garbus] captures the epic, almost mythical scope of his talent and thus the tragic height of his fall.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 6, 2011
    75
    This intelligent, sensitive portrait effectively explores a lost childhood and remarkable mind. It's engrossing to a point, then tiresome.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 6, 2011
    100
    So far it's the televised documentary film of the year, with its truths stranger than fiction from opening move to checkmate.