King of Kong gets 16 thumbs up

If you read Joystiq regularly, you knew months ago that The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters was going to be an awesome movie. What's that? You want to hear someone else's opinion. Oh ... OK. We understand. You don't trust us. No, it's fine. We've just got something in our eyes. *sniff*

Ahem. Anyway, the early mainstream reviews are pouring in for the movie, which opens Friday, and so far they're overwhelmingly positive. The movie currently has a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which lists 16 positive reviews from outlets ranging from Rolling Stone and Variety to Cinematical and the Minneapolis City Pages.

Critics are comparing the movie to "the greatest sports docs" and saying it's as "compelling and original as the original Rocky." The film is more than just entertaining, though -- other critics call it "a metaphor for life itself" and "a metaphor for the decline of Western civilization." Can it really be all that, or is this just standard film critic hyperbole?The rest of us will find out this Friday.

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