The movie has the look and feel of one of those Saturday Night Live miniparodies that's exquisitely clever and close to the bone.
Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly
The movie feels facile and blunt spirited.
Elvis Mitchell — New York Times
As entertainment, such dark material can only stretch so far, and Series 7 comes awfully close to being as numbing as the genre it mocks. But its power can't be denied.
Susan Wloszczyna — USA Today
It's as funny as you could reasonably expect without Christopher Guest being involved in the project.
Desson Thomson — Washington Post
It seduces us until, damn our black hearts, we've come to really care who wins.
Stephen Hunter — Washington Post
A dead-on shot to the heart of reality TV.
Amy Taubin — Village Voice
Series 7 is clever, hip filmmaking, admirable for its tenacious faithfulness to the world it creates.
Louis B. Parks — Houston Chronicle
(Series 7: The Contenders movie review at New York Magazine)
Peter Rainer — New York Magazine
The movie has one joke and tells it too often, for too long.
Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times
Does exactly what independent cinema should -- challenge audiences while it entertains.
Robert K. Elder — Chicago Tribune
Effectively satiric while still developing and sustaining a rooting interest in its invented story over the course of a smart, short running time.
Todd McCarthy — Variety
Smart, witty and assured.
Lou Lumenick — New York Post
But the surprise in Series 7 is that through all of Minahan's well-crafted trappings ... a touching character-driven drama emerges in Dawn and Jeff's story.
Sean Means — Film.com
(Series 7: The Contenders movie review at Globe and Mail)
Dean Essner — Globe and Mail
This reality TV spoof is even harder to watch than the sadistic, unwatchable crap it parodies.
Andrew O'Hehir — Salon.com
It's only fitting that we emerge from Series 7 feeling both entertained and implicated.
David Edelstein — Slate
This is one of those movies that is considerably more interesting to read about than it is to sit through.
James Berardinelli — ReelViews
There is sharp wit in the writing, and the direction is quite good. Series 7 is undeniably effective, but that doesn't mean you feel good when it's over.
Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter
Richard Schickel — TIME Magazine
A cautionary fable whose time has come.
Peter Travers — Rolling Stone
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