Series 7: The Contenders
Series 7: The Contenders (2001)

The "reality TV" craze is taken to its final, logical extreme as six people hunt each other down in a small town for the benefit of network TV cameras in this darkly comic satire. "The Contenders" is a top-rated… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 18, 2001
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70%
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67%


Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boasting no big-name stars, Series 7 is surprisingly well-acted. Its timing is impeccable, with its dark humor casting shadows over the enjoyment and popularity of today's reality-TV shows.

John Zebrowski
Seattle Times

A gritty, disturbing and very funny satire that points the finger as much at its audience as those who make 'reality TV.'

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

'Reality' notwithstanding, the performances in this film are uniformly good, and Brooke Smith as Dawn is better than that.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...takes an intriguing topic but essentially beats it to death over the course of about 90 minutes...

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Clever.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's as funny as you could reasonably expect without Christopher Guest being involved in the project.

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Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Frazzled and edgy, Smith invests Dawn with the required measure of world-weariness and, crucially, she never succumbs to the temptation to slide into flippant, mocking territory.

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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

Series 7 is clever, hip filmmaking, admirable for its tenacious faithfulness to the world it creates.

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Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

It really is the next logical step in reality TV . . . kill them all, and let the Nielsons sort 'em out.

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John Venable
Supercala.com

Absolutely relentless in its bashing of the American public and what we consider entertainment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Great idea but it could have been a lot better, maybe with a better cast and a bigger budget!
Emily Armstrong
A caustic and darkly funny jab at reality TV. It's amazing how much this looks like the real thing. Don't listen to the narrator- he lies to you. I… More
Keysha H
Hilarious! I love this film. They quicky push you to the edge of what Reality TV can be..then add a love story too. This film holds a mirror up to the American… More
Nate Zoebl
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Anyway here's a quick look at some recent rentals of mine and the thoughts that they provoked and the feelings I wanted to… More
Gordon A
Little known biting satire on the horror of 'reality' TV which takes the format to its natural conclusion. Deserves a wide audience.
August Seria
I think one of the things that this film can boast is its realism. It was well-acted so my question is: Where the heck does these actors went now? It felt very… More