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Video Games The Movie

6/10
History . Documentary . Animation
 

From executive producer Zach Braff and director Jeremy Snead, "Video Games: The Movie" is an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Narrated by Sean Astin and 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.

 
Actors: Sean Astin , Wil Wheaton , Zach Braff , Alison Haislip , Donald Faison , Chloe Dykstra , Chris Hardwick , Clare Grant , Nolan Bushnell , Jim Brown , Al Alcorn , Peter Armstrong , Cliff Bleszinski
Directors: Jeremy Snead
Country: USA
Release: 2014-07-18
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  • Joe Neumaier

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    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.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Rob Manuel

    You’ll get little more than a refresher course in the art of gaming from this documentary.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Justin Clark

    Jeremy Snead's doc comes off more as a commercial for a grand, overarching product that isn't finished being developed.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Video Games: The Movie is content to celebrate without much insight.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    Video Games: The Movie talks a lot about storytelling, but practices very little of it.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    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."

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    The film’s scattershot approach proves more enervating than enlightening, with the barrage of information presented in such a haphazard manner that continuity and coherence become lost.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Vadim Rizov

    There’s little analysis, in-depth history, anecdotal humor, or even well-selected gameplay clips. Ironically, Video Games: The Movie is almost no fun whatsoever.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
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  • video game

  • nerd

  • arcade

  • computer games

  • atari

  • gaming

  • playstation

  • online gaming