Indie Game: The Movie Reviews

  • "Indie Game: The Movie" lays bare the passion behind the pixels, revealing the sweat, tears and sleep deprivation that go into trying to make the latest gaming sensation.

    Nicolas Rapold — New York Times

  • An insightful new geek documentary, well directed by first-timers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky.

    Brian Miller — Village Voice

  • Like punk rock or alternative comedy, it's a DIY pursuit that pits go-it-alone types against an industry machine, often breeding exciting but intensely idiosyncratic art in the process.

    John Wenzel — Denver Post

  • The pic scores big points by drawing a sharp distinction between corporate vidgame programmers and indies.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • You may have never picked up a game console in your life, but there's universal access thanks to compelling stories in Indie Game: The Movie.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • This is about developers communicating with the world in the most creative, productive way they know how. It's about the artistic process.

    Guy Dixon — Globe and Mail

  • Compelling glimpse into artistic compulsion in video games.

    Duane Byrge — Hollywood Reporter

  • [A] smart, involving documentary...

    Gary Goldstein — Los Angeles Times

  • Aptly demonstrates just how much they are willing to sacrifice to that end, bearing hardship and putting lives on pause to reach that final product of a completed game.

    Nicola Balkind — The Skinny

  • It gives an insight into the creative process and the drive and passion necessary to produce something you want to share with the world.

    Henry Northmore — The List

  • Compelling from start to finish, the movie is a real eye-opener for the uninitiated as it cogently makes the argument that video games deserve to be taken as seriously as movies, novels, paintings and more esteemed artistic disciplines.

    John Beifuss — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

  • Watching [a programmer] reboot a computer at a trade show over and over again was hardly what I'd call stirring cinema.

    Witney Seibold — CraveOnline

  • The film becomes a cheerleader for its subjects, which limits its ability to understand them.

    Jeremy Heilman —

  • A passionate, deeply affecting celebration of a medium too often derided.

    Shaun Munro — What Culture

  • Even if you are "pursuing your dreams," at the end of the day, work is work. It may be more exciting and different than your average 9-5 cubicle life, it is still a job with deadlines, pressure, and stress.

    Allison Loring — Film School Rejects

  • The struggles these guys face getting their games done are monumental, and makes for some really tense, anxious stuff.

    Devin Faraci

  • Indie Game provides a gripping and consistently entertaining insight into this unique sub-set of the games industry.

    Chris Tilly — IGN Movies

  • You don't have to be the type who keeps an Atari in a trophy case to be enthralled by Indie Game: The Movie.

    Radheyan Simonpillai — NOW Toronto

  • Indie Game: The Movie is more than just a film about video games, it's an examination of the artistic spirit and the latest evolution of independent artist.

    Mark Bell — Film Threat

  • With just a Canon DSLR and help from for funding, Swirsky and Pajot have created a beautiful and fascinating look into the creative process in a never-been-told medium.

    Vince Horiuchi — Salt Lake Tribune

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