Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. 91
    Wide-eyed, deadpan and, more often than not, note-perfect.
  2. 88
    The most devastating spoof of reality TV since Albert Brooks' 1978 "Real Life."
  3. A satisfyingly nasty piece of work so black and cruel it's often more sick than funny.
  4. 80
    Smith and Fitzgerald are funny, feisty, poignant, and altogether realistic. Will they end up lovers, friends, side-by-side corpses? Their sharp performances make Series 7 as frighteningly addictive as crack, or even "Survivor."
  5. 80
    Minahan wants us to see ourselves in the dark mirror of this outrageously funny satire. He's built the laughs wisely so they stick in our throats.
  6. Reviewed by: Devin Gordon
    80
    Whether Series 7, filmed on digital video for less than $1 million, is reactive or prescient doesn’t change the fact that it’s a dead-on parody of the form.
  7. 75
    As entertainment, such dark material can only stretch so far, and Series 7 comes awfully close to being as numbing as the genre it mocks. But its power can't be denied.
  8. The murder as entertainment premise of Series 7 is proof that even the blackest of humor is no longer particularly outrageous.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    A gritty, immediate, down-and-dirty satire with a down-and-dirty look.
  10. 75
    Unpretentious and brashly exploitative.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Elder
    75
    Series 7 does exactly what independent cinema should -- challenge audiences while it entertains.
  12. This gory parody hits television where it hurts -- and draws blood. It will bring joy to the heart of anyone who hates TV.
  13. 70
    Series 7 could have turned out as ugly as the second season of "Survivor," were it not for the pleasure Minahan takes in melodrama.
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    It's only fitting that we emerge from Series 7 feeling both entertained and implicated.
  15. As Series 7 speeds toward its inevitable conclusion, at least the contenders make this downward spiral something to savor.
  16. The suspense may be fraudulently manufactured but it captivates us nevertheless, and by the end we're reduced to the bloodlusting anonymity of the true culprits in all this jaded junk, and that is the TV audience.
  17. 70
    The movie's mimicry of reality TV clichés is eerie, from the use of re-creations and supplemental footage (especially the experimental video Dawn and Jeff made together for a high school art project) to the smarmy commentary.
  18. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    70
    Smith puts the soul in the machine of Series 7, producing an emotional power too real for reality-TV to handle.
  19. There's no avoiding the fact that it's a one-joke movie, 86 minutes in the telling, and without any serious social underpinnings, it grows old pretty fast.
  20. 63
    It's not the idea that people will kill each other for entertainment that makes Series 7 jolting. What the movie correctly perceives is that somewhere along the line we've lost all sense of shame in our society.
  21. 40
    As with "The Blair Witch Project," one must swallow one's irritation at paying yet again for big-screen video -- but even so, the spectacle of an America falling apart is acutely and hilariously embodied by Dawn.
  22. 40
    Seems stranded in that nowhereland between irony and sarcasm.
  23. An exceptionally glib satire about reality TV, by writer-director Daniel Minahan, that puts most of its effort into looking as much as is possible like a real TV show.
  24. The result is heavy and humorless, despite a smart, skillful performance by Brooke Smith.
  25. Getting progressively less involving as it goes along, the strongest feeling Series 7 creates is the passionate desire to change the channel and move on.
  26. There's less here than meets the eye or ear: We're a long way from Jonathan Swift, and any old episode of "Cops" is bound to be more engrossing, not to mention "real."
  27. The movie's bright touches belong primarily to Brooke Smith.
  28. 20
    I felt like dropping to my knees in the theater and praying for this smug, irritating fake-reality-TV show to go away, leaving these three terrific actors (and characters) in something resembling a real movie.

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