• R, 2 hr. 1 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Sidney Lumet
    In Theaters:
    Nov 27, 1976 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 16, 2000
  • MGM/United Artists

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Network Reviews

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Tina Hassannia
Movie Mezzanine

Network taps into the hysteria of the television business at a time when the medium was still important, a monolithic and competitive media industry hungry to tap into the next big thing and do anything for ratings.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A+

February 4, 2014
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

As relevant today as it was back in 1976, Network is arguably the best film ever made about the television industry.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 16, 2013
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

The mystic quality within "Network" is that it pitches curve balls at us that have meanings relative to our unique situations, and all of them encompass a value that is beyond simple comprehension.

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 4/4

September 6, 2013

Total Film

A brilliantly played, stone-cold '70s classic, whose message -- the blur between entertainment and degradation -- has more than a tang of topicality in these days of reality TV-dominated scheduling.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

February 11, 2013
Robert Hatch
The Nation

There is plenty wrong with television, plenty to satirize. But Network prudently misses the point, dishing up an outrageous razzle-dazzle stew that will ruffle no network feathers and delight a popular audience.

Full Review Source: The Nation

February 11, 2013

Film4

Fearless, funny and frank television satire that doesn't take any prisoners. Writing, performances and direction are all bang on and Finch cooks on gas throughout.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 18, 2011
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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The plot that Paddy Chayefsky has concocted to prove this point is so crazily preposterous that even in post-Watergate America -- where we know that bats can get loose in the corridors of power -- it is just impossible to accept.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 18, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

the secret to the film's immense popularity, though, is this angry, sudden blast of "truth" -- without being specific -- as if it had never been spoken aloud before.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

February 28, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Writer Paddy Chayevsky's prescient 1976 satire of lies, injustice and the American way...has lost none of its sting. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

February 24, 2011
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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The film's never been more timely.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

February 17, 2011
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Biting '76 satire with a media literacy lesson.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

December 15, 2010

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Finch's spouting is impressive, but we prefer Holden's sardonic edge, even if his big speeches seem the most predictably written.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

June 26, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Chayefsky was apparently serious about much of this shrill, self-important 1976 satire about television, interlaced with bile about radicals and pushy career women, and so were some critics at the time.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 26, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A timeless satire on television as a wasteland.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

February 17, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

For some reason, Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning satire was perceived as a drama when the movie came out in 1976. Much ahead of its time, the film was a cautionary tale of the news media as infotainment (emphasis on the secon part of the concept).

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

September 11, 2006
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

So truthful, so prescient, it's painful. Paddy Chayevsky delivers one of the best screenplays ever written.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 90/100

August 2, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Much of Chayefsky's script seems to have been written with megaphone in hand, which is close to how director Sidney Lumet airs it out. Yet in retrospect, maybe the ravings of Finch as a deranged anchorman aren't so far from surreal madness of Jerry Spring

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 17, 2006
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

One would assume that a 1976 film about network television would feel dated today, but director Sidney Lumet and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky had such a fine concept that Network seems downright contemporary.

Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 8, 2006
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

Rare is the social satire that rings as true as Network does, and the film is even more topical today than it was thirty years ago.

Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Original Score: 5/5

February 28, 2006
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

If 'Network' had the ring of truth to it in 1976, you can be sure it's even truer these days.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 9/10

February 15, 2006
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