Capsule Review: "The Contender"

by Eric Melin on October 13, 2000

in Print Reviews

Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges and especially Gary Oldman all shine in this modern political morality tale, but it gets a bit preachy towards the end. What a great set-up, though. The first half of this film raises many ethical questions, none of them black and white, and all of them infinintely more interesting than the way the plot sews itself up nicely at the end. At the same time, it’s very watchable, and, at times, particularly engaging. Overall, I dug it. Great actors can really help me like a movie, despite its third act flaws.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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