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Broadcast News (1987)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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Writer/director/producer James L. Brooks scores on all counts with this clear-eyed look at the television news business and the dysfunctional types who work in it. Brooks' intelligent script introduces us to Jane Craig (Holly Hunter), an ambitious producer at the network news division's Washington D.C. branch, who is calm under fire yet has a good cry at her desk every morning over her empty personal life. Jane works well with Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks), an excellent reporter who lacks the


Drama, Comedy

Oct 5, 1999

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (1) | DVD (15)

All the performers are tops.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Enormously entertaining.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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One of the best entertainments of 1987.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Underpinning what is a charming, protean love-triangle is a serious statement about the function, value, and direction of television news.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie is a sarcastic and carefully detailed picture of a world Mr. Brooks finds fascinating and also a little scary.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Broadcast News has a lot of interesting things to say about television. But the thing it does best is look into a certain kind of personality and a certain kind of relationship.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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(The) endlessly quotable writing... keeps the film fresh as Tom, Aaron and Jane carom off each other at ever-more oblique angles.

February 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The human element is just as prescient as it was then, while the characters' romantic/professional entanglements now have the added poignancy of the past tense.

February 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

By looking at the small-screen picture...[Brooks] provocatively suggests that America's socio-political problems are pretty much the same as the personal problems of its citizens. [Blu-ray]

January 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

People often behave foolishly in matters of love and just about everything else. That can lead to heartache and tragedy, but that same foolishness can also be very funny to watch, as it is here.

February 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The outstanding set pieces give the viewer an idea of the job pressures, its perks, pitfalls and how the news is in the long run compromised.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In a film tracing the endless battles between style and substance, Brooks delivers both in abundance.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Hunter and Brooks are hugely appealing as news professionals trying to stay afloat in the corporate cauldron.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Worthy adult entertainment.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Though lacking visual style, this is a poignantly written film about the changing professional mores of TV news in the electronic age, well-acted by the three leads, Holly Hunter, William Hurt, and Albert Brooks.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Smart, biting media humor is a bit dated, but well worthwhile viewing.

August 14, 2007

I could gush over this movie for hours, just delightful

May 6, 2005

The best movie about the television business

June 8, 2004

It's absurd but often funny, usually when it's dissecting the TV trade.

December 30, 2003 Full Review Source:

A good love story and nice behind-the-scenes look at the news.

November 13, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Brooks' screenplay still seems alarmingly timely in its portrait of the blurring of the lines between what is news and what is entertainment. The movie's quietly devastating climax beautifully illustrates the collapse of ethics in TV journalism.

July 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Fresh and funny film that offers a glimpse of how three members of the Baby Boom generation are handling the challenges of love and work.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Broadcast News

A very entertaining, extremely well-written and acted look at a news team and how dedicated they are to their jobs, as well as how they interact with each other outside of the office. Director/writer James L. Brooks does a near flawless job detailing each one of his characters, such as the up and coming lead anchor (William Hurt), the cute but insecure producer (Holly Hunter), and the talented but looked over reporter (Albert Brooks) who is hopelessly in love with her. The clichéd "love triangle" is actually handled meticulously well, with certain angles being thrown in that I have not seen before. But it is really the fantastic writing and the use of an overlooked detail in the story that changes everything that makes this movie all the more special. The performances are all outstanding, and the pace of the film is exceptional as it moves along with breathless ease. Highly recommended.
April 18, 2014
Dan Schultz

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Check in 4/6 at for my review.
March 23, 2013

Super Reviewer

Network in the 80's without the RAGE!
October 1, 2011
Lenny Muggsy

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A solid but imperfect love triangle set amidst the ever-declining journalistic standard of info-tainment, Broadcast News rides an excellent performance by Holly Hunter the whole way through. Her charcter, Jane, is a spunky and viciously talented editor in the newsroom, for whom nothing but the best will do - but when the dim, pretty-boy anchorman Tom (William Hurt) turns up, she can't resist him. Even if he hasn't a fraction of the ethics of her long-time friend and sometime lover, Aaron, who's made into the ideal loveable loser by Albert Brooks. By times funny, deadly serious, and romantic, Broadcast News is a great film, but as with other James L. Brooks films I've seen, it's a little schmaltzy, and it runs on too long. The movie ended three times before it ended. Great performance by a great cast, however, with Jack Nicholson and a wonderfully 80s "big-haired" Joan Cusack in supporting roles. A fine film that's valuable as much for the point it makes as it is for the story it tells. If you're a fan of Neil Postman's books, this film is one of your favourites.

(Side note: in some shots, I thought Hunter and Hurt looked like Zooey Deschanel and Aaron Eckhart. Remake, anyone?)
June 27, 2011

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Movies Like Broadcast News

    1. Young Tom: What can you do with your life if all you can do is look good?
    – Submitted by Vincent M (2 years ago)
    1. Aaron Altman: I know you care about him. I've never seen you like this about anyone, so please don't take it wrong when I tell you that I believe that Tom, while a very nice guy, is the Devil.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Jane Craig: I-I can't help you. Sorry, I'm not here to teach remedial reporting.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Jane Craig: Just what do you want from me anyway, permission to be a fake? Stop whining.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Aaron Altman: I'll meet you at the place near the thing where we went that time.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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