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7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. 100
    One of those rare movies where you leave the theater having been surprised and entertained, and then start arguing.
  2. 75
    Heavy-handed and manipulative, it also proves formidably engrossing.
  3. A potpourri of issue-oriented drama enlivened by superlative performances and smart dialogue.
  4. 60
    Until The Contender slips into partisan politics and platitudinous piety, it's a lively, entertaining ride.
  5. Annoyingly shallow, filled with one-note characters, and not half as daring as it seems to think it is.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    20
    The film looks horrendous, poorly composed and staged, and the rhythm staggers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. VeeB.
    May 18, 2007
    10
    Terrific movie. Well plotted and well acted.
  2. Mar 23, 2013
    9
    Politics and only politics. This movie had no drama outside of what was relevant to the political intrigue. All the performances were well done, and like always, Gary Oldman's performance stood out. Expand
  3. Jun 10, 2011
    5
    Whilst the film is able to stand up on the strength of it's performances (especially from Gary Oldman), the moral one-sidedness and misrepresentation of White House politics brings it down. Expand
  4. GaborA.
    Jan 15, 2006
    5
    Great dialogue. Everything else ranges from average to retched.
  5. cam
    Jul 27, 2007
    4
    Likable for the first half but utterly spoiled by the the woeful, corny ending.

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