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The Contender Reviews

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December 28, 2010
Thoughtful, enjoyable film for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
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
July 30, 2007
The Contender thumps its Democratic Bible hard enough to put Jonathan Edwards to shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 26, 2006
Despite a few phony moments, the dialogue is sharp and the directing is immediate.
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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
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
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
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
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
July 31, 2002
...better understood as a good old-fashioned melodrama, the kind of thing Douglas Sirk might produce were he working today
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B
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
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
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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February 7, 2001
...a flawless endeavor that educates, intrigues and entertains all at the same time...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
What makes this twisty, cautionary yarn ... delicious is a cast that chews the scenery with such obvious enjoyment.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
A major step forward for the director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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