Series 7: The Contenders Reviews

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Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 19, 2003
It really is the next logical step in reality TV . . . kill them all, and let the Nielsons sort 'em out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 25, 2003
...takes an intriguing topic but essentially beats it to death over the course of about 90 minutes...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
February 13, 2003
Frazzled and edgy, Smith invests Dawn with the required measure of world-weariness and, crucially, she never succumbs to the temptation to slide into flippant, mocking territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Venable
Supercala.com
January 23, 2003
Absolutely relentless in its bashing of the American public and what we consider entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Kill-or-be-killed reality-TV satire is uneven -- and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
April 14, 2002
Suffers from the same problems that the "reality" television shows it satires suffer from.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 26, 2002
Will have a short shelf life, and just as reality TV offers instant-gratification entertainment, The Contenders offers instant-gratification satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 10, 2001
Amidst the dry humour, the film is chilling, because it rings far too true.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
June 22, 2001
A gritty, disturbing and very funny satire that points the finger as much at its audience as those who make 'reality TV.'
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 22, 2001
A satisfyingly nasty piece of work so black and cruel it's often more sick than funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Kermode
Sight and Sound
June 7, 2001
Ends up straddling an uneasy divide between genuinely edgy artistry and bluntly indulgent bluster, leaving us uncertain whether it's the television show portrayed or the film itself that's the real turn-off.
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
June 1, 2001
It's unclear exactly what Minahan's trying to say. If it's just 'TV is crap,' then it's hardly a revelation and this uncertainty, combined with no back-story or framing device, conspires to give the movie a sketchy, ill-conceived feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Thomson
BBC.com
May 21, 2001
Often funny, sometimes unsettling satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Howe
eFilmCritic.com
May 18, 2001
A sure-fire ratings winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Von Doviak
culturevulture.net
May 18, 2001
Outstripped by the very medium it sought to parody.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 14, 2001
Series 7 casts us adrift in a contempo world ruled by gladiatorial zeal and bloodless emperors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May 7, 2001
Made me laugh and squirm, and most importantly, entertained me throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 3, 2001
Cynical, biting fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
April 16, 2001
The so-called jokes here have a cartoon stridency and drop with a thud. None of them is deep or lasting.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 13, 2001
Series 7: The Contenders is a bit over the top. But to be honest, there's probably no way this type of material could have been done with subtlety.
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