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A political thriller about Laine Hanson, a senator who is nominated to become Vice President following the death of the previous office holder. During the confirmation process, Laine is the victim of a vicious attack on her personal life in which stories of sexual deviancy are spread. She is torn as to whether she should fight back, or stick to her high principles and refuse to comment on the allegations. Although it isn't easy, she sticks to her guns, and in the end she is rewarded for it. (imdb)

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The Contender belongs to 24 collections
1. They Shoot Pictures' Recommended Viewing (public: moderated by Cinephile - 15 stars)
3. American Politics (public: moderated by djross - 4 stars)
4. Political Thriller (public: moderated by Moribunny - 3 stars)
5. President Of The United States (public: moderated by Hailey - 2 stars)
6. Roger Ebert's 4-Star Movies (public: moderated by KirkJiggler - 2 stars)
7. Films available in HD (supplement) (public: moderated by Jorg - 1 star)
8. 2C (private: twisp)
9. 2000: Year in Review (private: polanski28)
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70 72%
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67 44%
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50 14%
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65 3%
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75 30%
Jul 29, 2017 andycarhart
83 88%
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60 18%
Jul 18, 2017 davidsietsma
83 14%
Jul 15, 2017 haljordan2 haljordan2
1 %
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83 90%
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45 22%
Apr 25, 2017 siweq86
80 80%
Mar 19, 2017 ombrenuit
78 62%
Feb 25, 2017 mCihhh mCihhh
70 48%
Feb 25, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
60 45%
Feb 05, 2017 Jujujuju
50 3%
Jan 14, 2017 cshadows2887
90 57%
Nov 15, 2016 Ronin22
58 60%
Nov 12, 2016 luc luc
65 42%
Nov 03, 2016 jerrywarton
69 68%
Oct 27, 2016 jeesh
60 8%
Sep 26, 2016 Diggler
78 63%
Sep 25, 2016 onurdebalzac
50 15%
Sep 22, 2016 mgoodwin
70 46%
Jul 25, 2016 anaconda_406 anaconda-406
90 75%
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
80 65%
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
80 55%
Jun 28, 2016 mgraham
90 67%
Jun 07, 2016 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
31 37%
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2 4%
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70 58%
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50 24%
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94 95%
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70 31%
Mar 11, 2016 NightGoat72 NightGoat72
25 15%
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84 83%
Jan 30, 2016 sacmersault sacmersault
76 68%
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90 90%
Dec 11, 2015 MichaelOKeef
70 59%
Dec 07, 2015 Llanirev Llanirev
60 21%
Nov 07, 2015 WarrenWho WarrenWho
70 53%
Sep 28, 2015 dumble
70 47%
Sep 27, 2015 SnoopyStyle
70 70%
Aug 31, 2015 bybrt bybrt
65 55%
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60 34%
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82 81%
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100 96%
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67 43%
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50 44%
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60 13%
Jun 01, 2015 fungusgnat
67 48%
May 26, 2015 Emrah1968 Emrah1968
80 36%
May 21, 2015 rklenseth rklenseth
80 78%
May 18, 2015 dglink
70 32%
May 09, 2015 JoeB131
30 23%
May 09, 2015 thesar2
100 96%
May 09, 2015 namashi
60 17%
May 09, 2015 FlashCalahan
70 58%
Apr 29, 2015 ferguson
70 60%
Apr 25, 2015 2karl-
70 67%
Apr 24, 2015 aerrich
50 35%
Apr 24, 2015 si-sak
50 25%
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
70 37%
Apr 11, 2015 SirRobbie SirRobbie
70 37%
Mar 23, 2015 combsy combsy
80 59%
Mar 01, 2015 10kfilms
60 55%
Jan 27, 2015 rkosiba31
74 76%
Jan 17, 2015 debaser1985
64 33%
Jan 10, 2015 mesterlars mesterlars
70 19%
Dec 30, 2014 carolamc
80 45%
Dec 10, 2014 roger-ebert
40 89%
Dec 03, 2014 3dRevelation 3dRevelation
75 62%
The Contender is a decent film. It could have been better. It's a bit too dramatic. There's a scene, almost vomit-inducing IMO, where Joan Allen delivers a speech while schmaltzy music plays in the background while the camera slowly zooms in on her face. Allen is quite good, as are Oldman and Elliott. I wasn't convinced by Bridges. Not as good as Advise & Consent.
Nov 22, 2014 worleyjamers
70 61%
Oct 14, 2014 gwynplaine gwynplaine
50 9%
Oct 09, 2014 Vovin Vovin
65 14%
Oct 07, 2014 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
78 63%
Oct 04, 2014 jzrhoades
70 77%
Sep 28, 2014 odessey odessey
70 67%
Sep 14, 2014 cullen
70 55%
Sep 13, 2014 Kvist
67 58%
Aug 10, 2014 Zipster
80 50%
Mostly, The Contender is a clever and educated view of the ways officials are chosen and sabotaged. The last ten minutes make it all a total charade.
Aug 09, 2014 Filligan Filligan
71 25%
Political thrillers, by and large, get a pass from me, and The Contender squeaks by. It isn't because the genre is incapable of producing rubbish, but because it's too rare a genre in the first place to find such rubbish. The three headliners make this as watchable as it is, particularly Oldman as the delightfully restrained but oily Republican and Bridges as a Bartlet-inspired powerhouse of Democratic idealism. The ending is pure fantasy, but sometimes politics needs optimism.
Aug 04, 2014 jannisan
70 77%
Jul 30, 2014 Sahid Sahid
7 63%
Jul 22, 2014 lamby
80 63%
Jul 14, 2014 thebalkabaa thebalkabaa
55 38%
Jul 01, 2014 muratkrks muratkrks
70 59%
Jun 13, 2014 Phelipe Phelipe
75 57%
May 16, 2014 nauru nauru
15 10%
Some good acting from Gary Oldman but the rest of the film is based around characters who are simply unlikeable -- especially the lead. This is basically a story of what might happen if American politics was essentially a fairy tale where senior politicians care more about social justice principles than they do about amassing more power. And where music plays everytime they make some bullshit speech. Worst ending I've seen in years. Just forget this film and go watch House of Cards instead.
Apr 27, 2014 mjjoao
60 26%
Mar 01, 2014 tyluke tyluke
80 54%
Feb 18, 2014 PaulSandell
70 69%
Feb 13, 2014 robixsmash
60 29%
Feb 12, 2014 Baelara
10 2%
Feb 06, 2014 benthamite
40 6%
Jan 04, 2014 ar656
80 37%
Dec 18, 2013 chineyman chineyman
40 21%
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
60 36%
Nov 25, 2013 forgopoulos forgopoulos
75 50%
Nov 01, 2013 ericambler
69 41%
Oct 21, 2013 Jorg
70 63%
Oct 18, 2013 nickwindk nickwin_dk
76 72%
Sep 05, 2013 Ytadel Ytadel
6 69%
The story is a very interesting one, exploring the intersection of feminism and politics in a thoughtful way that, though the film's second act, I think at least approximates how something like this might actually go down. It unfortunately ends in pure cheese, though, which made me like the movie less than I ultimately would have had it stuck to its more cynical guns. Gary Oldman's sweaty Republican villain is great though, and Sam Elliott kicks ass, even sans mustache.
Sep 02, 2013 Jaifman Jaifman
48 10%
Aug 28, 2013 anthony_v anthony v
87 31%
Aug 16, 2013 monoglot
60 49%
Aug 11, 2013 pbateman
80 62%
Aug 10, 2013 Sheldrake Sheldrake
80 86%
Aug 01, 2013 Tano96 Tano96
87 58%
Jun 14, 2013 I_am_prowler I am prowler
80 96%
May 25, 2013 GT086
86 50%
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72 72%
Apr 02, 2013 Stripy Stripy
77 48%
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90 94%
Jan 22, 2013 Popojack
87 64%
Jan 17, 2013 kafkalamak kafkalamak
50 6%
Jan 13, 2013 verbals verbals
68 14%
Jan 13, 2013 grapeshine
71 60%
Jan 08, 2013 jrpaulson
90 85%
Jan 08, 2013 Woody92 Woody92
82 30%
Dec 25, 2012 DePalma
45 34%
Dec 09, 2012 DAR37
70 37%
Sep 30, 2012 jyt84
77 70%
Sep 17, 2012 kristiankarl
84 90%
Aug 20, 2012 wadalklakla wadalklakla
55 40%
Aug 13, 2012 beyndthinfnt
78 46%
Jul 24, 2012 dgeiser13
1 %
Jul 23, 2012 Timmer
52 22%
Jul 10, 2012 enorthman
60 47%
Jul 08, 2012 nrm4
48 25%
Jul 04, 2012 Bondo
74 49%
Jul 02, 2012 ECSR
9 81%
Jun 23, 2012 WuGambino WuGambino
75 56%
Jun 08, 2012 moviesnmore
95 45%
Jun 04, 2012 PeregrinVelo PeregrinVelo
73 68%
May 28, 2012 Musclebusted
90 29%
May 20, 2012 mcaustic
90 98%
Apr 22, 2012 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
78 67%
Apr 11, 2012 Sondergaard
70 49%
Feb 26, 2012 Dunstan_xxx Dunstan-xxx
66 57%
Feb 14, 2012 drunkenewok
80 74%
Feb 14, 2012 Dufftone
70 41%
Feb 10, 2012 gofishdino
64 28%
Feb 01, 2012 pzingg
83 35%
Jan 30, 2012 theone347
89 91%
Jan 07, 2012 auhasarderik auhasarderik
7 59%
Dec 29, 2011 marcelvidal marcelvidal
72 45%
Dec 25, 2011 DougieD
90 74%
Dec 11, 2011 MVSCH
70 31%
Dec 10, 2011 sthamm88
100 91%
Dec 04, 2011 thegreyfox thegreyfox
88 89%
What a shame real politicians are not as principled as those portrayed in this excellent film. Superb and subtle performances by Allen, Bridges and Oldman, who are simply a delight to watch ... sometimes a film is both a vehicle to watch brilliant actors at work AS WELL AS a damn good story with a message. A little too "hollywood" at the end, but hey, thats hollywood for you. Highly recommended
Dec 02, 2011 rant1229 rant1229
2 13%
Nov 26, 2011 irend812 irend812
78 64%
Nov 25, 2011 Maxx2029 Maxx2029
80 47%
Nov 11, 2011 goldman2 goldman2
75 76%
Nov 04, 2011 Amember
8 45%
Nov 03, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
58 60%
Oct 28, 2011 Henrik Henrik
65 45%
Oct 02, 2011 wigwam_uk
90 69%
Sep 30, 2011 ratedargh ratedargh
60 30%
Sep 11, 2011 deadbill
85 43%
Sep 06, 2011 jmsenise jmsenise
77 61%
Sep 03, 2011 LesterGroans
73 54%
Sep 01, 2011 pomattovich
94 86%
Aug 21, 2011 toro913
59 54%
Aug 08, 2011 Meta_Critic Meta Critic
59 52%
Jun 14, 2011 ledcollector
60 31%
Jun 01, 2011 DougCollins DougCollins
70 11%
May 24, 2011 JohnSandwich JohnSandwich
60 42%
Remember it being decent, but severely forgettable I'm afraid - I had forgotten all about it until I browsed Gary Oldman's list of films. Pretty great cast.
May 13, 2011 meanmikhail3
60 29%
May 07, 2011 Bradyfan12
85 49%
May 06, 2011 gaucho
3 23%
Apr 21, 2011 vwgregov vwgregov
70 54%
Apr 06, 2011 NRM01
49 28%
Apr 04, 2011 VinegarBob VinegarBob
75 67%
Feb 12, 2011 OzGrenouille OzGrenouille
73 31%
Jan 25, 2011 drawkward86 drawkward86
72 47%
Could have been great, but marred by silly theatrics that do nothing but contrive reasons for the actors to do and say great things; the final ten minutes are especially preachy and cliché-ridden. Allen, Bridges, and Oldman, three of the greatest actors alive, rise above it all to form an incredible trifecta.
Jan 22, 2011 nbabich
87 56%
Dec 30, 2010 Jehan Jehan
50 14%
Dec 26, 2010 lebnof lebnof
55 51%
Dec 25, 2010 moviefreak moviefreak
80 45%
Dec 24, 2010 jakartan jakartan
58 25%
Nov 22, 2010 MrE2Me MrE2Me
75 37%
Nov 21, 2010 Knoddus
80 54%
Nov 21, 2010 ilsensine
90 94%
Nov 01, 2010 screentime
67 49%
Nov 01, 2010 ari
59 47%
Oct 30, 2010 glumpy99 glumpy_99
93 80%
Oct 22, 2010 Jerky Jerky
70 90%
Oct 21, 2010 SeanBerndorff SeanBerndorff
60 40%
Oct 10, 2010 Berandor
60 36%
Oct 08, 2010 winds winds
4 27%
Sep 29, 2010 ecalder ecalder
60 46%
Sep 24, 2010 Bunken Bunken
70 71%
Sep 22, 2010 cronick cronick
86 81%
Sep 21, 2010 Daffy6964 Daffy6964
86 81%
Sep 19, 2010 hellboy76 hellboy76
67 59%
Overlooked little fuck drama. Allen, Bridges and Oldman are all solid and Sam Elliott with his "But one thing they can't stomach is the image of a Vice President with a mouth full of cock!" rant had me giggling for days.
Sep 12, 2010 DavidBlast DavidBlast
50 44%
Decent enough "Did she fuck'em?" suspense flick that is lifted by Gary Oldman and his wonderful wig and Jeff Bridge's ever hungry suave, before crashing surely and securely into a piss pot of moralizing Hollywood mush. *Spoiler* I don't wanna give the show away folks, and I say this knowing perfectly well that it's Joan Allen we're talking about... but this film would have been so much better if she had fucked them, and we had watched.
Sep 11, 2010 cwratliff
89 45%
Sep 09, 2010 Roberta Roberta
74 45%
Sep 01, 2010 dillybravo
85 39%
Aug 31, 2010 AAAutin AAAutin
62 84%
Aug 28, 2010 OnTarget On_Target
70 55%
Aug 23, 2010 hannabelle88 hannabelle88
70 55%
Aug 18, 2010 calinki calinki
75 51%
Aug 16, 2010 lotr23 lotr23
60 28%
Aug 16, 2010 Kenna Kenna
89 45%
Aug 12, 2010 Suldrup Suldrup
70 60%
Aug 05, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
69 46%
Aug 05, 2010 Regehr215
85 84%
Aug 01, 2010 CCLZA CCLZA
70 53%
Jul 31, 2010 Princezz Princezz
70 36%
Jul 16, 2010 admiralmpj
52 14%
Jul 14, 2010 Deadmarsh Deadmarsh
70 64%
Jul 01, 2010 Janne
75 70%
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60 30%
Jun 03, 2010 rino
76 31%
May 23, 2010 dres d_r_e_s_
3 65%
May 08, 2010 Tjekhov Tjekhov
70 68%
Apr 26, 2010 Dorkovsky Dorkovsky
5 61%
Apr 20, 2010 cloondog
63 64%
Apr 04, 2010 buser333 buser333
56 60%
Mar 11, 2010 korbenPL korbenPL
55 73%
Feb 27, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
43 6%
Feb 16, 2010 empire434
64 45%
Feb 12, 2010 billkerwin billkerwin
78 35%
An excellent performance by Joan Allen, but neither the screenplay nor the direction are noteworthy.
Feb 09, 2010 pestbear
83 54%
Feb 09, 2010 Fetsch
70 54%
Feb 06, 2010 Warren Warren
76 38%
Feb 05, 2010 karen713
80 50%
Jan 27, 2010 DGNovack
87 34%
Jan 09, 2010 ldpfilm ldpfilm
71 28%
Jan 04, 2010 nickabc nickabc
80 67%
Jan 02, 2010 sirphibes sirphibes
70 57%
Jan 01, 2010 DLawrence
77 55%
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15 11%
Dec 13, 2009 philivan philivan
42 21%
Nov 27, 2009 2dumbblondes 2dumbblondes
100 73%
Nov 26, 2009 Prismatic Prismatic
76 43%
Nov 24, 2009 Ofterdingen Ofterdingen
74 84%
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66 48%
Nov 12, 2009 mattybgame
59 48%
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