|DreamWorks Distribution | Release Date: October 13, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
It's an intelligent and informed look at the preposterous ways our leaders are often picked and sabotaged.
An assured and gripping political drama filled with remarkable performances and razor-sharp writing and editing.
Heavy-handed and manipulative, it also proves formidably engrossing.
A sharp, intricate political drama.
Excellent performances in an entertaining if less than totally plausible story.
The sort of smutty scandalmongering the average moviegoer can really get behind.
Silly as it is, The Contende has a lurid zest that keeps you hooked, and a rambunctiously good cast.
Misfires by constantly tossing out liberal feel-goodisms.
Until The Contender slips into partisan politics and platitudinous piety, it's a lively, entertaining ride.
It's a polished, beautifully made movie with a rotten heart.
Wonderfully cast and slickly directed, but so crudely written.
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