97% Ghostbusters Aug 29
29% As Above/So Below Aug 29
34% The November Man Aug 27
98% Starred Up Aug 27
75% The Congress Aug 29

Top Box Office

92% Guardians of the Galaxy $17.2M
20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $16.7M
38% If I Stay $15.7M
21% Let's Be Cops $10.8M
18% When The Game Stands Tall $8.4M
34% The Expendables 3 $6.5M
32% The Giver $6.4M
46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For $6.3M
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey $5.3M
19% Into The Storm $3.8M

Coming Soon

—— Innocence Sep 05
—— The Longest Week Sep 05
—— The Identical Sep 05
67% The House of Magic Sep 05
74% God Help the Girl Sep 05

New Episodes Tonight

—— Jonah From Tonga: Season 1

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88% The Cosmopolitans: Season One
100% Defiance: Season 2
100% Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
56% Married: Season 1
39% Rush: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
89% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Series 7: The Contenders Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie has one joke and tells it too often, for too long.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2001
James Berardinelli
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This is one of those movies that is considerably more interesting to read about than it is to sit through.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2001
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

The so-called jokes here have a cartoon stridency and drop with a thud. None of them is deep or lasting.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

April 16, 2001
Rob Blackwelder

Tasteless, pointless, irritating and absurd.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 0/4

March 1, 2001
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

April 9, 2005
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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The movie feels facile and blunt spirited.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 2, 2001
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Suffers from the same problems that the "reality" television shows it satires suffer from.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 14, 2002
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...takes an intriguing topic but essentially beats it to death over the course of about 90 minutes...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

February 25, 2003
Jim Judy
Screen It!

Ultimately comes off as a clever idea that feels as if it wasn't fully realized.

Full Review Source: Screen It!

March 16, 2001
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

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 Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 2/5

February 13, 2003
Harvey S. Karten

Adolescent, literal-minded and virtually humorless.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 6/10

January 25, 2001
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

Will have a short shelf life, and just as reality TV offers instant-gratification entertainment, The Contenders offers instant-gratification satire.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 26, 2002
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The repetitive nature of the format and the lack of convincing behavior by the actors turn what could have been a fascinating film into a sleep-inducing one.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 6/10

January 25, 2001
Scott Von Doviak

Outstripped by the very medium it sought to parody.

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May 18, 2001
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A cinematic stunt that overstays its welcome, a joke that runs out of gas before the punchline arrives.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

February 26, 2001
Rod Armstrong

The script unfortunately compounds this fundamental problem with numerous unleavened ideas and characters, resulting in an overwhelmingly mediocre moviegoing experience.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 1, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Sounds better than it actually plays.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 2, 2001
Andrew O'Hehir
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This reality TV spoof is even harder to watch than the sadistic, unwatchable crap it parodies.

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March 2, 2001
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Series 7 casts us adrift in a contempo world ruled by gladiatorial zeal and bloodless emperors.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1/5

May 14, 2001
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 1, 2001
Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 1, 2001
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye

July 16, 2001
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Jason Anderson
April 6, 2001
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine

September 4, 2001
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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September 26, 2002
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 16, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003

Ebert & Roeper
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March 8, 2001

Irish Times

June 11, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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