Gripping story with a powerful message about the fragility of creative genius. I especially liked these words towards the end: 'Most of us think within very narrow boundaries, but occasionally an individual manages to get outside of the box. Those are the people who make new discoveries, creative people. But occasionally it is difficult to get back into the box... His genius and his illness are joined at the hip.'
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. A decent documentary that lets its fascinating subject and his story do the driving. The 20-year gap and quick wrap-up were annoying but Fischer's story was still very interesting despite this.
the doc's conventional and dull assembly rarely gets the most out of the material, and the emotional points are too easily delivered. that said, it's still effective and seriously compelling. it would take a badly made doc to make this story non-compelling, non-tragic
Simple documentary on Bobby Fischer, the chess genius. It focuses on his first set of matches against Boris Spassky, yet could have been so much more if it would have beamed in on his mental illness and had a more chronological shape.