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Magnus (2016)



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As a young boy, Magnus Carlsen was very different from his peers. Bullied by the other children, he usually sat by himself, lost in thought. But when a strong interest in numbers led him to the game of chess at the age of 5, he quickly started to climb the ranks of the chess world. At 13, he decided that he would become the World Chess Champion. Magnus is now known as the "Mozart of Chess"--combining the skill and intellect of chess with unrivaled originality and instinct. Through an extensive amount of archival footage and home movies, filmmaker Benjamin Ree follows Magnus's meteoric rise to the top in this unique coming-of-age story. The film invites audiences to not only experience the fascinating world of competitive chess, but also peek into the mind of a modern genius.

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Critic Reviews for Magnus

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The loneliness of the long-distance chess grandmaster is affectingly conveyed in "Magnus," an intimate portrait of the game's reigning champ, 25-year-old Magnus Carlsen.

December 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Magnus is a sweet and mostly restrained documentary about the world chess champion and occasional clothing model Magnus Carlsen.

November 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's scant input from chess experts to explain why he's so good, what's unique about his gamesmanship and the like, and the film has nothing interesting to say about chess in general in the modern age.

November 24, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Ree convinces us that Magnus is indeed a prodigy but, even so, his rise to the top surely can't have been quite as straightforward as the film suggests.

November 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The movie assumes that a chronicle of Magnus's rise will be enough to keep the audience hooked. That turns out to be the right call.

November 18, 2016 | Full Review…

[An] insipid and uninformative portrait of singularity and obsession.

November 17, 2016 | Full Review…

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