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The Contender Reviews

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March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 8, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Silly as it is, The Contender has a lurid zest that keeps you hooked, and a rambunctiously good cast.
January 1, 2000
Streetsmart and savvy.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
What The Contender lacks in sophistication and subtlety, it more than makes up for with sheer verve and chutzpah.
January 1, 2000
The film's lively twists are not too difficult to see coming down the road, but the proceedings still hold our attention and keep us wanting to know how it's going to turn out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
An entertaining ringside seat for backroom wannabes and beltway junkies.
January 1, 2000
An intelligent and informed look at the preposterous ways our leaders are often picked and sabotaged.
January 1, 2000
You don't have to be a conservative to feel pushed around by Lurie. All you have to be is a moviegoer who wants a little room to think for him- or herself.
January 1, 2000
Bury itself under a steaming heap of plot contrivance, equivocation and preachiness.
January 1, 2000
The large, talented cast elevates the film above the trappings of its loquacious debates.
January 1, 2000
The Contender booms and pontificates, full of bravado and that ineffable quality of the current political season, chutzpah.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
Wonderfully cast and slickly directed, but so crudely written as to make its espousing of progressive principles seem crassly exploitative to the point of self-parody.
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
However neatly packaged, The Contender is double-dealing baloney.
Read More | Original Score: 55/100
January 1, 2000
The film's very premise, while initially promising, doesn't hold up to lengthy scrutiny.
January 1, 2000
Intelligent.
January 1, 2000
Thoroughly engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
The film looks horrendous, poorly composed and staged, and the rhythm staggers.
January 1, 2000
Cheesy.
January 1, 2000
What it lacks in credibility, it more than makes up for in energy and scandalous wit.
January 1, 2000
A vivid, juicy, thoroughly entertaining movie.
January 1, 2000
This is one of those rare movies where you leave the theater having been surprised and entertained, and then start arguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A landslide winner as an emotionally rewarding drama.
January 1, 2000
A major step forward for the director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Excellent performances in an entertaining if less than totally plausible story.
January 1, 2000
Smart, enjoyable.
January 1, 2000
The hit Primary Colors never was.
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
Inane and dishonest.
January 1, 2000
While you're watching it, The Contender lives up to its title.