Taron Egerton's Tetris movie stacks up strong first reviews

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Taron Egerton's Tetris movie gets strong reviewsApple TV

Tetris, the new film starring Taron Egerton, has landed its first reviews and is stacking up a healthy Rotten Tomatoes score.

The Apple TV+ film sees Egerton play Henk Rogers, the figure who licensed the titular video game in the 1980s, with the narrative focusing on the legal battle to secure the rights to the product.

Ahead of its release on the streaming service later this month, Jon S Baird’s film premiered at the SXSW festival, and has generated positive reviews thus far with its 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Mashable praised the film for its tone, writing: “Combining the stranger-than-fiction story of its making with an ardent embrace of the game's aesthetic and nostalgia for the era more broadly, Tetris is a surprisingly smart, silly, and satisfying adventure.”

AwardsWatch similarly lauded the film’s balancing act, saying: “[Tetris is] silly enough to embrace the absurdity in the story but is also mature enough to respect and acknowledge the real danger at the time.”

Multiple critics also lauded the work of the cast, which includes Toby Jones, Nikita Yefremov and Roger Allam, with Deadline writing: “The entire cast is terrific here in a movie that kept me on edge more than any Bourne flick could ever do.”

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Comic Book Resources likened the film to the espionage genre, surmising: “Mixing a spy thriller with an unlikely boardroom dramedy, the well-produced Tetris is a solid film anchored by strong performances.”

Not all of the reviews were uniformly positive, however, with The Wrap comparing the film unfavourably to David Fincher’s The Social Network: “Tetris skims the surface of a genuinely curious ‘true story’ thriller,” they wrote. “[It] too often plays out like a Disney-ified version of The Social Network.”

Tetris is scheduled to be released on Apple TV+ on March 31.

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