The Contender Synopsis
A vice presidential nominee (Joan Allen) refuses to testify about her past.
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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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88

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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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Thoroughly engrossing.
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75

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...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A sharp, intricate political drama.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Engages in the cinematic equivalent of not inhaling.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Compelling and provocative -- though not memorable.
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60

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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55

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
It's a polished, beautifully made movie with a rotten heart.
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Wonderfully cast and slickly directed, but so crudely written.
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Rated R | For Strong Sexual Content and Language
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Thoughtful, enjoyable film for older teens.
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