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Series 7: The Contenders Reviews

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March 16, 2001
The movie has one joke and tells it too often, for too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 25, 2001
This is one of those movies that is considerably more interesting to read about than it is to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 16, 2001
The so-called jokes here have a cartoon stridency and drop with a thud. None of them is deep or lasting.
March 1, 2001
Tasteless, pointless, irritating and absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
April 9, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 2, 2001
The movie feels facile and blunt spirited.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 14, 2002
Suffers from the same problems that the "reality" television shows it satires suffer from.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 25, 2003
...takes an intriguing topic but essentially beats it to death over the course of about 90 minutes...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 16, 2001
Ultimately comes off as a clever idea that feels as if it wasn't fully realized.
February 13, 2003
Frazzled and edgy, Smith invests Dawn with the required measure of world-weariness and, crucially, she never succumbs to the temptation to slide into flippant, mocking territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 25, 2001
Adolescent, literal-minded and virtually humorless.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 26, 2002
Will have a short shelf life, and just as reality TV offers instant-gratification entertainment, The Contenders offers instant-gratification satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 25, 2001
The repetitive nature of the format and the lack of convincing behavior by the actors turn what could have been a fascinating film into a sleep-inducing one.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 18, 2001
Outstripped by the very medium it sought to parody.
February 26, 2001
A cinematic stunt that overstays its welcome, a joke that runs out of gas before the punchline arrives.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 1, 2001
The script unfortunately compounds this fundamental problem with numerous unleavened ideas and characters, resulting in an overwhelmingly mediocre moviegoing experience.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 2, 2001
Sounds better than it actually plays.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 2, 2001
This reality TV spoof is even harder to watch than the sadistic, unwatchable crap it parodies.
May 14, 2001
Series 7 casts us adrift in a contempo world ruled by gladiatorial zeal and bloodless emperors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 1, 2001
It's unclear exactly what Minahan's trying to say. If it's just 'TV is crap,' then it's hardly a revelation and this uncertainty, combined with no back-story or framing device, conspires to give the movie a sketchy, ill-conceived feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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