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Live! (2007)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 9

Uneven media satire on how far TV will go to secure ratings. Unfortunately it's neither as funny or as sharp as it hopes to be.

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Critic Reviews: 2
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 1

Uneven media satire on how far TV will go to secure ratings. Unfortunately it's neither as funny or as sharp as it hopes to be.



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"Live!" follows ABN network president Katy Courbet and up-and-coming documentary filmmaker Rex as inspiration strikes to create the most daring reality program ever. The show is Russian Roulette, network style, with contestants competing for 5 million dollars on-air, complete with loaded guns. As seen through the lens of a documentary film crew, Live! examines the competitive and often gut-wrenching world of television production, where everyone from the crew to the contestants to the network


Drama, Comedy

Bill Guttentag, Monet Mazur, Andre Braugher

Dec 1, 2009

Weinstein Company

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (9) | DVD (2)

It's hard to distinguish between the cynical indifference of the characters and the arrogant nihilism of the film itself.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Worth seeing for the slinky, snakelike, sexy and oddly vulnerable performance of Eva Mendes, a star-making role if I've ever seen one.

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source:
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A surprisingly plausible mockumentary...

July 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There is a big problem in believing any of it, but a certain amount of fun watching television's more ghastly denizens wonder whether murder will improve the ratings. It does.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Mendes (best known as Will Smith's love interest in Hitch) is enjoyably poisonous, making Live! just about worth catching.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

This crass, inauthentic mock-doc exposing the evils of reality shows and the venality of TV honchos manages both to bore and insult simultaneously.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

However, in a world where reality show formats are beyond parody, this particular gun goes off half-cocked.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Triumphs, humiliation, barmy monologues and temper tantrums - reality television is scarcely in need of parodying. Certainly not from a preachy film like this.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

Bill Guttentag's film is one of those shrill and cheery conspiracies on the wilder side of probability. But the black comedy has an infectious pace, and screwy logic.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A sporadically entertaining but uneven media satire that never quite delivers on its clear sense of moral outrage.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Smart, incisive, but not as sharp as it should have been. With a subject this ripe for evisceration, it's a pity to let it off with flesh wounds.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Watchable satire with some nice touches and a strong performance by Eva Mendes, but it's neither as funny, as clever or as original as it thinks it is.

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

This straight-faced satire of American television raises important issues and is engaging enough to keep us gripped. But the astute commentary peaks too early, then gives way to a finale that's messy in more ways than one.

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Mendes' Courbet is all the c-words: clever, cunning, a control freak, cynical; ultimately conformist. Here's another c-word - Cowell, Simon Cowell. Like him, she knows what the public want - before even they know it.

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Teletext

So spake that prescient philosopher Julie Brown: "Just be vague, there's nothing to it."

July 16, 2007 Full Review Source: House Next Door
House Next Door

Audience Reviews for Live!

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[color=darkred][b][i][size=2]U svetu zabave gde su "reality" emisije sve popularnije evo i originalne ideje... [/size][/i]
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[i][size=2]Predsednica ABN network TV kompanije Katy Courbet (Eva Mendes) i reziser dokumentaraca Rex (David Krumholtz) resavaju da stvore najrealisticniju emisiju ikada zamisljenu: RUSKI RULET! Sest takmicara se takmici u klasicnom ruskom ruketu s time sto onaj koji se ubije NE DOBIJA NISTA dok preziveli svi dobijaju po 5 miliona dolara! [/size][/i]
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[i][size=2]Moral!? Koliko vredi zivot!? Sta je najvaznije u zivotu!? Mozda je vreme da se upitate sve to pre gledanja filma... [/size][/i]
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[i][size=2]Nista posebno... ali pogledajte... ako vam je dosadno... Reziser Bill Guttentag je inace oskarovac, ali za dokumentarne filmove - preporucio bih mu da ih se i dalje drzi! [/size][/i]
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[i][size=2]Ocena je od mene 5/10. [/size][/i]
August 17, 2008
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