• 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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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
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
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
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

| Original Score: 2/5

January 5, 2007

Time Out
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Slick, 'adult', self-congratulatory, and almost entirely hollow.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
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
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

May 23, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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When Chayefsky created Howard Beale, could he have imagined Jerry Springer, Howard Stern and the World Wrestling Federation?

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Dunaway's performance in Network remains among her most accomplished.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 5/5

June 26, 2003
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

One of the greatest in a great year for movies. My favorite William Holden performance.

| Original Score: 5/5

January 8, 2005
James Rocchi

Tme hasn't dulled it; it's still smart and sharp and the things it says are still true.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2002
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

It's creepy how prescient this one-time satire turned out to be.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 26, 2005
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 4/5

April 11, 2006
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
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
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
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