"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 - MovieMartyr.com
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.
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 Kickstarter.com 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
Not only one of the best documentaries of the year, but one of the best films period.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A remarkable statement about a modern paperless product with paperless funding, paperless sales and paperless enjoyment. However, the exposure of the artists and the hovering threat of failure will never change.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
This is a movie about a subculture, made for that subculture; only hard-core Xboxers need apply.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
makes a compelling case for games as not only clever hand-eye coordination exercises, but also as manifestations of their creators' emotional and philosophical viewpoints.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
The most engrossing and flat-out entertaining documentary to come around since Murderball...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
They're works of art. They're windows onto the psychology of their creators. They're video games.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
My favorite film of SXSW and would have been my favorite film at Sundance if I'd seen it there this year... the story of an artist making something and what it costs personally and professionally.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
Informative, entertaining, affecting and, most interestingly, revealing of the maddening sort of approval culture we have in the Internet era
Christopher Campbell - Movies.com