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Series 7: The Contenders Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
April 6, 2001
Nathaniel Rogers
April 3, 2001
It's a difficult task to implicate an audience while simultaneously entertaining them.
Ted Murphy
April 2, 2001
Series 7 is The Truman Show crossed with Survivor with overtones of Shirley Jackson's classic story "The Lottery."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shawn Levy
March 30, 2001
Wide-eyed, deadpan and, more often than not, note-perfect.
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
March 30, 2001
Smith, as the deadly Dawn, holds the feature-length gag together without giving away the joke.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
March 27, 2001
A frantic, unpretentious send-up of reality TV programs.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
March 23, 2001
Series 7 is clever, hip filmmaking, admirable for its tenacious faithfulness to the world it creates.
Bill Rasco
March 21, 2001
The characters in the movie are hilarious.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
March 21, 2001
'Reality' notwithstanding, the performances in this film are uniformly good, and Brooke Smith as Dawn is better than that.
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
March 19, 2001
This dark satire is the right movie at the right time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 16, 2001
It's as funny as you could reasonably expect without Christopher Guest being involved in the project.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 16, 2001
It seduces us until, damn our black hearts, we've come to really care who wins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
March 16, 2001
Ultimately comes off as a clever idea that feels as if it wasn't fully realized.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
March 16, 2001
Its prescience is sometimes uncanny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Vera H-C Chan
Contra Costa Times
March 16, 2001
A diabolically clever sendup of reality shows.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 16, 2001
The movie has one joke and tells it too often, for too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
March 16, 2001
The film certainly has the familiar reality TV mechanics right.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
March 16, 2001
Does exactly what independent cinema should -- challenge audiences while it entertains.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
March 14, 2001
The charm of this fanatical spoof relies on heavy doses of nervous humor to support its outrageous action.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
March 9, 2001
With a dollop of originality, a pinch of drollness, and a dash of dry wit, it sends up survivor-based reality television with a deadly dose of gladiator humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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