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

In this take-off on reality television programs (shot on digital video), a show entitled "The Contenders" has just selected six people at random for the high-rated series. Their mission: to assassinate one another until there is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 25, 2001
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
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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.

Brian Mckay

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

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine


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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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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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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

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

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

It seduces us until, damn our black hearts, we've come to really care who wins.

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Tom Grealis
RTÉ (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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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Hogans Hero
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
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Gordon Anderson
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
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
Stephen Earnest
"Series 7: The Contenders" has all the visual resemblance of the reality television shows it's poking fun at, but its concept is essentially a… More