The Contender

User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22

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  1. GaborA.
    Jan 15, 2006
    5
    Great dialogue. Everything else ranges from average to retched.
  2. cam
    Jul 27, 2007
    4
    Likable for the first half but utterly spoiled by the the woeful, corny ending.
  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.
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    55
    It's a polished, beautifully made movie with a rotten heart.
  2. 100
    One of those rare movies where you leave the theater having been surprised and entertained, and then start arguing.
  3. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    60
    Until The Contender slips into partisan politics and platitudinous piety, it's a lively, entertaining ride.