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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 60
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Until The Contender slips into partisan politics and platitudinous piety, it's a lively, entertaining ride. show more

  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Thoroughly engrossing. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Compelling and provocative -- though not memorable. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A sharp, intricate political drama. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Lurie has made an impressive contribution to the bulging library of political film, and he has showcased some performances sure to get Oscar consideration. show more

  • 55
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    It's a polished, beautifully made movie with a rotten heart. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One of those rare movies where you leave the theater having been surprised and entertained, and then start arguing. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's an intelligent and informed look at the preposterous ways our leaders are often picked and sabotaged. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Supplies the three key elements of the best political thrillers: suspense, credibility and the feeling that you're really sitting in the Oval Office. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Heavy-handed and manipulative, it also proves formidably engrossing. show more

  • April 21, 2009 LARRY
    Report This User

    This is a topnotch movie. There is a lot to learn here about integrity and the lack thereof. The story subtly takes hold of the viewer, dragging him or her into a very skillfully laid plot. A horoughly enjoyable and intense look at back room politics. The acting is superb by all.

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