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The Contender Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Thoughtful, enjoyable film for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 18, 2007
Sex, lies and politics--they all boil together beautifully in "The Contender," a strong political drama that understands Washington, knows its dirty secrets, and uses its excellent cast to fine effect.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Dequina
October 14, 2007
Pretty much shameless leftist propaganda being sold as conventional Hollywood entertainment, but it manages to satisfy on the traditional genre terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Despite a few phony moments, the dialogue is sharp and the directing is immediate.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
October 18, 2004
Um drama político inteligente e ambicioso cuja única (e quase perdoável) falha é ceder a dois ou três clichês em seus minutos finais.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
April 29, 2003
Leave ten minutes early and you'll see the best White House film in years, stick around and get the big screen version of The West Wing. No contest really.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 26, 2003
About fairness,privacy,shrewdness in politics,witch hunts,dignity,pride, and service to one's country and sticking to your guns.
Full Review| Original Score: 4.5/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
The Contender has renewed my faith that good movies can indeed be produced if enough care is given to the production. It's too bad so many of 2000's films have failed to do that.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 29, 2003
It can be said that politics is a filthy business and if you don't want to get your hands dirty, you shouldn't participate.
| Original Score: 3.5/4

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 12, 2002
Unfortunately, the film's final act crumbles faster and more irreparably than a Ross Perot campaign.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...better understood as a good old-fashioned melodrama, the kind of thing Douglas Sirk might produce were he working today
Full Review| Original Score: B
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 15, 2002
an intelligent, absorbing piece of work, one of the few stories in recent memory to discuss a woman's place in government.
Top Critic

Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leonard Maltin
February 26, 2011
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Matthew Bond
Daily Mail [UK]
December 16, 2002
November 14, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 4, 2001
Marjorie Baumgarten
Anchorage Press
June 11, 2001
Mark Freeman
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001
Brandon Judell
Fashion Wire Daily
April 19, 2001
Bacon, who in the upcoming film "Novocaine" plays a dentist accused of murder, had his own theory why Ms. Allen is now a contender: "I think that the cream rises to the top.
Full Review

April 16, 2001
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 23, 2001
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000

News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
January 1, 2000
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