Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of those rare movies where you leave the theater having been surprised and entertained, and then start arguing.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's an intelligent and informed look at the preposterous ways our leaders are often picked and sabotaged.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Thoroughly engrossing.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Lurie has made an impressive contribution to the bulging library of political film, and he has showcased some performances sure to get Oscar consideration.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A sharp, intricate political drama.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Engages in the cinematic equivalent of not inhaling.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Compelling and provocative -- though not memorable.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Until The Contender slips into partisan politics and platitudinous piety, it's a lively, entertaining ride.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
It's a polished, beautifully made movie with a rotten heart.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Wonderfully cast and slickly directed, but so crudely written.
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59 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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