Critics 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.



Total Count: 16


Audience Score

User Ratings: 11,226
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Movie Info

"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.


Critic Reviews for Live!

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (9)

  • 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.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • Triumphs, humiliation, barmy monologues and temper tantrums - reality television is scarcely in need of parodying. Certainly not from a preachy film like this.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Top Critic
  • Bill Guttentag's film is one of those shrill and cheery conspiracies on the wilder side of probability. But the black comedy has an infectious pace, and screwy logic.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to distinguish between the cynical indifference of the characters and the arrogant nihilism of the film itself.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • Worth seeing for the slinky, snakelike, sexy and oddly vulnerable performance of Eva Mendes, a star-making role if I've ever seen one.

    May 10, 2007
  • A surprisingly plausible mockumentary...

    Jul 11, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Live!

  • Apr 23, 2009
    what tv will do to get ratings, a simple story of eva mendes getting a russian roulette show on the air, and how they go about it, average, not as clever as it wants to be
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2008
    [size=5][color=red][b][size=5][color=red][b]Live! (2007)[/b][/color] [/size] [size=3][img][/img] [/size] [size=3] [/size] [color=darkred][b][i][size=2]U svetu zabave gde su "reality" emisije sve popularnije evo i originalne ideje... [/size][/i] [i][size=2] [/size][/i] [i][size=2][img][/img] [/size][/i] [i][size=2] [/size][/i] [i][size=2]Predsednica ABN network TV kompanije Katy Courbet (Eva Mendes) i reziser dokumentaraca Rex (David Krumholtz) resavaju da stvore najrealisticniju emisiju ikada zamisljenu: RUSKI RULET! Sest takmicara se takmici u klasicnom ruskom ruketu s time sto onaj koji se ubije NE DOBIJA NISTA dok preziveli svi dobijaju po 5 miliona dolara! [/size][/i] [i][size=2] [/size][/i] [i][size=2][img][/img] [/size][/i] [i][size=2] [/size][/i] [i][size=2]Moral!? Koliko vredi zivot!? Sta je najvaznije u zivotu!? Mozda je vreme da se upitate sve to pre gledanja filma... [/size][/i] [i][size=2] [/size][/i] [i][size=2]Nista posebno... ali pogledajte... ako vam je dosadno... Reziser Bill Guttentag je inace oskarovac, ali za dokumentarne filmove - preporucio bih mu da ih se i dalje drzi! [/size][/i] [i][size=2] [/size][/i] [i][size=2][img][/img] [/size][/i] [i][size=2] [/size][/i] [i][size=2]Ocena je od mene 5/10. [/size][/i] [i][size=2][/size][/i][/b][/color] [i][size=2][/size][/i][/b][/color][/size]
    Panta O Super Reviewer

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