Live! (2007)




Critic Consensus: 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 brass becomes engulfed in a ratings battle to the top-a battle where questions of morality, ethics and sheer will lead to a darkly humorous and unforgettable outcome.
R (for some violent content, language and brief nudity)
Comedy , Drama
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Weinstein Company


Eva Mendes
as Katy Courbet
Monet Mazur
as Abalone
Missi Pyle
as Plummy
Charlotte Ross
as Jennifer
Tom Wright
as Dr. Raymond Boyd
Robin Paul
as Dave
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Critic Reviews for Live!

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Worth seeing for the slinky, snakelike, sexy and oddly vulnerable performance of Eva Mendes, a star-making role if I've ever seen one.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Top Critic

A surprisingly plausible mockumentary...

Full Review… | July 11, 2010
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 18, 2008
London Evening Standard

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

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Live!

This movie was crazy crazy crazy. It started off kinda cheezy and I wasn't expecting it to get much better, but the last 30 minutes turned into a jaw dropping, sweating with anxiety, edge of your seat thrill. It was hard to watch and I had to pause it many times because my blood pressure redlined. This is not the kind of movie I would go around recommending because of it's subject matter, but I must shamefully admit that I enjoyed it.

DJ Jackson
DJ Jackson

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

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

(** 1/2): Thumbs Down The cast and story are fine but I thought this film could have worked better if it went darker or more cutting edge in its delivery. See films like Man Bites Dog or Series 7 if you want to see some really biting satires on violence and TV/movies.


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