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The Contender Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Thoughtful, enjoyable film for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 18, 2007
Sex, lies and politics--they all boil together beautifully in "The Contender," a strong political drama that understands Washington, knows its dirty secrets, and uses its excellent cast to fine effect.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Dequina
October 14, 2007
Pretty much shameless leftist propaganda being sold as conventional Hollywood entertainment, but it manages to satisfy on the traditional genre terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
The Contender thumps its Democratic Bible hard enough to put Jonathan Edwards to shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Despite a few phony moments, the dialogue is sharp and the directing is immediate.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
When Republicans speak, it's a bitter voice we hear; when Democrats speak, the music swells proudly. There's not must to think about here. It's a personality contest.
| Original Score: C+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
October 18, 2004
Um drama político inteligente e ambicioso cuja única (e quase perdoável) falha é ceder a dois ou três clichês em seus minutos finais.
| Original Score: 4/5
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
April 29, 2003
Leave ten minutes early and you'll see the best White House film in years, stick around and get the big screen version of The West Wing. No contest really.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 26, 2003
About fairness,privacy,shrewdness in politics,witch hunts,dignity,pride, and service to one's country and sticking to your guns.
Full Review| Original Score: 4.5/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
The Contender has renewed my faith that good movies can indeed be produced if enough care is given to the production. It's too bad so many of 2000's films have failed to do that.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 29, 2003
It can be said that politics is a filthy business and if you don't want to get your hands dirty, you shouldn't participate.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 12, 2002
Unfortunately, the film's final act crumbles faster and more irreparably than a Ross Perot campaign.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...better understood as a good old-fashioned melodrama, the kind of thing Douglas Sirk might produce were he working today
Full Review| Original Score: B
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 15, 2002
an intelligent, absorbing piece of work, one of the few stories in recent memory to discuss a woman's place in government.
February 17, 2002
There are few things more involving than watching someone sticking to their guns
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
It has a propensity for manipulativeness which keeps it from the loftiest heights, but all other ways remains an impressive piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
February 15, 2001
Despite its weaknesses, including the give-me-a-break ending, The Contender succeeds because of several strong acting performances.
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David Keyes
February 7, 2001
...a flawless endeavor that educates, intrigues and entertains all at the same time...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
What makes this twisty, cautionary yarn ... delicious is a cast that chews the scenery with such obvious enjoyment.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A major step forward for the director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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