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The Contender Reviews


Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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| Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2001
Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
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| Original Score: B+

April 23, 2001
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Silly as it is, The Contender has a lurid zest that keeps you hooked, and a rambunctiously good cast.

January 1, 2000
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Streetsmart and savvy.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2000
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: B

January 1, 2000
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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What The Contender lacks in sophistication and subtlety, it more than makes up for with sheer verve and chutzpah.

January 1, 2000
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The film's lively twists are not too difficult to see coming down the road, but the proceedings still hold our attention and keep us wanting to know how it's going to turn out.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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An entertaining ringside seat for backroom wannabes and beltway junkies.

January 1, 2000
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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An intelligent and informed look at the preposterous ways our leaders are often picked and sabotaged.

January 1, 2000
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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You don't have to be a conservative to feel pushed around by Lurie. All you have to be is a moviegoer who wants a little room to think for him- or herself.

January 1, 2000
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Bury itself under a steaming heap of plot contrivance, equivocation and preachiness.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy
Variety
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The large, talented cast elevates the film above the trappings of its loquacious debates.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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Wonderfully cast and slickly directed, but so crudely written as to make its espousing of progressive principles seem crassly exploitative to the point of self-parody.

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The Contender booms and pontificates, full of bravado and that ineffable quality of the current political season, chutzpah.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

January 1, 2000
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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What makes this twisty, cautionary yarn ... delicious is a cast that chews the scenery with such obvious enjoyment.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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January 1, 2000
Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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However neatly packaged, The Contender is double-dealing baloney.

| Original Score: 55/100

January 1, 2000
Tom Keogh
Film.com
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The film's very premise, while initially promising, doesn't hold up to lengthy scrutiny.

January 1, 2000
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Intelligent.

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Thoroughly engrossing.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Robert Horton
Film.com
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The film looks horrendous, poorly composed and staged, and the rhythm staggers.

January 1, 2000
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Cheesy.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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What it lacks in credibility, it more than makes up for in energy and scandalous wit.

January 1, 2000
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A vivid, juicy, thoroughly entertaining movie.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is one of those rare movies where you leave the theater having been surprised and entertained, and then start arguing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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A landslide winner as an emotionally rewarding drama.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A major step forward for the director.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Excellent performances in an entertaining if less than totally plausible story.

January 1, 2000
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Smart, enjoyable.

January 1, 2000
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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The hit Primary Colors never was.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

January 1, 2000

Ebert & Roeper
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January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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No question, The Contender taps into the modern political zeitgeist. As drama, however, it flails.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
John Anderson
Newsday
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Inane and dishonest.

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
Film.com
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While you're watching it, The Contender lives up to its title.

January 1, 2000
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