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Pawn Sacrifice movie rating: red light

Pawn Sacrifice red light

Yawningly dull Cold War chess drama squanders the charms and talents of Tobey Maguire (as Bobby Fischer) and Liev Schreiber (as Boris Spassky). Desperately wants competitive chess to be seen as exciting, inspiring, and metaphoric in all sorts of directions, from the political to the personal, and fails miserably.
I’m “biast” (pro): like the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of Pawn Sacrifice for its representation of girls and women.

red light 2 stars

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Pawn Sacrifice (2015) | directed by Edward Zwick
US/Can release: Sep 16 2015
UK/Ire release: Aug 11 2017 (VOD same day)

MPAA: rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and historical smoking
BBFC: rated 12A (infrequent strong language, moderate sex references)

viewed on my iPad

official site | IMDb | trailer
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