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The Contender Reviews

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September 8, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 30, 2007
The Contender thumps its Democratic Bible hard enough to put Jonathan Edwards to shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
Writer-director Rod Lurie is to political thriller cinema what Jackie Collins is to romance novels: high-gloss trash. The difference is that Lurie takes himself seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Cheesy.
January 1, 2000
However neatly packaged, The Contender is double-dealing baloney.
Read More | Original Score: 55/100
January 1, 2000
Inane and dishonest.
January 1, 2000
The most offensive movie of the year.
January 1, 2000
a montage of mediocrity
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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+
January 1, 2000
I sorta felt like a contender after seeing this. One who lost the fight, but a contender nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Bury itself under a steaming heap of plot contrivance, equivocation and preachiness.
January 1, 2000
The film's very premise, while initially promising, doesn't hold up to lengthy scrutiny.
January 1, 2000
The film looks horrendous, poorly composed and staged, and the rhythm staggers.
January 1, 2000
Don't try to read anything meaningful into its melodramatic contrivances or any depth into its easy answers.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
No question, The Contender taps into the modern political zeitgeist. As drama, however, it flails.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The primary problem is that Lurie just can't direct. He rushes and bumps through his somewhat appealing script in the first half.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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