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The Social Network (2010)

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96

Average Rating: 9/10
Reviews Counted: 285
Fresh: 274 | Rotten: 11

Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest.

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Average Rating: 9.5/10
Critic Reviews: 49
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 0

Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest.

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Director David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven) teams with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) to explore the meaning of success in the early 21st century from the perspectives of the technological innovators who revolutionized the way we all communicate. The year was 2003. As prohibitively expensive technology became affordable to the masses and the Internet made it easy to stay in touch with people who were halfway across the world, Harvard undergrad and computer programming wizard Mark

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Jan 11, 2011

$96.9M

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At last, a movie you can actually discuss afterward. And not just on Facebook or Twitter. No, you'll want to chew it over in person, with friends, for hours.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: The Wrap
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Despite the fun of the parties, the intrigue of the legal wranglings and the humour of the dialogue, Fincher and Sorkin never let us forget that we're complicit in their story (or at least 500 million of us are).

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (6)
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The movie's lustrous, deep-focus frames and headlong pace are difficult to resist. Its an entertainingly cynical small movie.

October 4, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comments (3)
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You will know The Social Network is something very special from its first scene.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Comments (15)
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The Social Network shares creative DNA with a handful of classic, zeitgeist-savvy films like Network and All the President's Men, as well as more recent fare such as The Insider and Michael Clayton.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
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This is the 2010 Oscar season's first drama to live up to the hype and expectations associated with it.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (22)
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It captures the essence of selfishness and treachery, all under the guise of creating a system geared toward making it easier for college kids to get laid. And sure enough, in the end, just about everybody gets screwed.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

The Social Network is a spellbinding and compelling story with top notch performances and flawless directing.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Fincher keeps the movie's tech-y elements on the periphery, focusing instead on the time-honored dramatic elements of isolation, determination, avarice and betrayal.

August 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

The Social Network is splendid entertainment from a master storyteller, packed with energetic incident and surprising performances.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

The movie that shows you just what being "the smartest guy in the room" will get you.

January 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Aaron Sorkin's amazing script and several great performances make this one of the best movies of 2010.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

The Social Network may not turn out to be the definitive movie made about the plugged-in generation, but it's a pretty good start.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Fincher's keen eye for direction and Sorkin's sharp script make this worth seeing for fans and non-fans of [Facebook] alike.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Director David Fincher seems drawn to these stories of misguided rebels who become monsters in their attempts to reorder the world.

June 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Image

Even if you've never touched a computer in your life, you'll find plenty to be fascinated by in this movie, as it shows that, whilst technology may be moving fast, the human capacity for hubris will always remain the same.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times

... A classic American story of capitalism and greed, friendship and betrayal, fueled by envy and lost innocence ...

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

It's hard work making a character you don't like into a character you don't like, but can still respect.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Perhaps we've become a world of Mark Zuckerbergs and it's clear that these filmmakers don't like it one bit.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comments (2)
The Ooh Tray

It's part Citizen Kane, part Goodfellas, part Revenge of the Nerds and the most entertaining film you never knew you would want to see.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comments (2)
Movies.com

The Social Network is so engrossing you don't even notice how heavy handed the films central dramatic irony could be -- that the greatest tool for communication in the modern age was created by someone who has no idea how to relate to other people.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

I've read a lot about The Social Network at this point, mostly raves about how it supposedly captures The Way We Live Now, but no one has really zeroed in on how deliberately alienating it is.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: House Next Door | Comments (64)
House Next Door

You wouldn't think that [Fincher & Sorkin's] talents would gel, yet their collaboration on The Social Network is brilliant ... a gripping tale of ambition and envy, betrayal and resentment.

February 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk | Comments (6)
Movie Talk

That the project is not only a success but one of 2010′s best films is a testament to Fincher's talent as a director and his seemingly perennial ability to surround himself with incredibly astute, like-minded collaborators.

February 14, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comment (1)
What Culture

Almost certainly deliberately indebted to [Citizen] Kane, a quality that wordlessly speaks to Zuckerberg's own inflated ego.

January 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Comments (3)
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Audience Reviews for The Social Network

Great works of art define more than just what is on display. They define a culture, a generation. What makes The Great Gatsby such a monumental piece of literature is not just the story or the interesting struggle between characters. It is the fact that The Great Gatsby defines an era in more than one way that makes it such a great novel. The Social Network is the Gatsby of our time. The themes that persist in this movie are so culturally significant and spot-on that it would be cheating yourself to not watch this movie. The Social Network is superbly directed and acted. The story is brilliant. The soundtrack is perfect. In addition to being incredibly well-made and culturally significant, this movie is also wildly engaging and entertaining. The Social Network is the best movie of 2011, if not also one of the greatest triumphs in cinema ever.
August 18, 2013
Nikhil N.
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A smart and brilliantly directed movie that tells a unique and yet wonderful story!
Heisenberg was fantastic and amusing with his bitter,forward thinking abruptness that was thoroughly enjoyable and funny!
A fantastic movie and one to watch!
March 29, 2013
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

The plot line or main theme to The Social Network is not what most people would think when seeing the movie. They might think it was business, or web development, or maybe even friendship (which was one of them). It's not about any of those, really. If you take a look at the movie, it really revolves around greed. And what is that the character's greed for? Money. Money is the main theme or plot line in The Social Network. It's just that. Friendship is indeed a very important theme, and a highly noticeable one, but it's really not the basis of it all. And when you have a movie with friendship AND money as two of the themes, you know you're getting yourself into a juicy ride. The Social Network's story is basically the making of Facebook. It has one main character, Mark Zuckerburg, but I like to think of the film as having two main characters, the other one being Eduardo Severing. These two characters make "Thefacebook", as it was called back then in 2003, and try to get "cool" or "popular" with it. But as the website gets more and more member's they start to hurl themselves into the dark its of business, suing, and of course, money. It starts as a simple idea for a website, to a crazy adventure to get rich. The acting within The Social Network is unbelievable. Basically, I'm saying this because of Jesse Eisenberg. When I saw him in Zombieland, I thought of him to be a so-so, comedy actor. I often mistook him as Michael Cera. He wasn't very memorable, and his acting could've been much better. But when I saw The Social Network, I realized he was more than a so-so comedy actor. He was amazing as a jerk-like college nerd, and he was spectacular. He came a long way from when I first saw him. Then there was the acting from Andrew Garfield. His character was personally my favorite. He brought kindness, loyalty, and trust to the chaotic business world of the film. I truly thought that he should've been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards, just as Eisenberg got nominated for Best Lead Actor. Justin Timberlake also did well as Sean Parker, and I was happy to see Timberlake play a villain for once. It was interesting to see what he did with the character, and he made Sean Parker an evil, partying, businessman. The next thing I enjoyed from the film was the cinematography. The lighting in the film was excellent. It made the story seem very dark and full of sorrow. A few scenes were quite impressive with the cinematography, such as the scene Eduardo walks 20 feet just to throw Mark's desktop right in his face. Then, there was the Original Score. If there was one thing I hated at the Academy Awards this year, it was the win for The Social Network's score. Now, many of you will disagree on this, but really, it was just boring. If you listened to it on YouTube, all the pieces consisted of the same pattern and of nothing different. The most popular piece in the music of The Social Network was what sounded like a couple of bees buzzing, and then a few piano notes. It was good in the film at times, but it was also extremely annoying. And then the other part I disliked about this movie was the business terms. I'm no business man, and I really don't follow stocks, so I didn't very well understand what half the film was talking about when it came to the money-making issue within it. The film makers should've made the words or stock problems at least a bit more comprehendible for the average American. But on the bright side of things, there is the directing of the film. David Fincher, one of my all time favorite directors, directing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as well as this film, is spectacular at his directing job. All his films should be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and so should his directing. He was great at making this film, and I can't wait to see Behind the Scenes of it just to see how he made it all. In the end, this film truly deserved its Oscar Best Picture nomination, and it was close to winning the nomination, as well.
90/100
March 14, 2013
shahmeer h.
shahmeer hashmat

Super Reviewer

The story of the creation of Facebook is less a high tech thriller and more a success story and a tale of friendship and betrayal. A film that predominantly consists of conversations has to be able to rely on flawless writing and acting, and this is a masterpiece in both regards.
The dialogs are fast, witty and realistic, even though sometimes a bit chatty, giving the film an extremely smooth and entertaining flow.
The actors are outstanding. Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg as a nerd with few social skills, an arrogant asshole at times, but still likable enough as a protagonist to follow for two hours. Andrew Garfield, now new-Spiderman, shines as his co-founder, best and only friend. Newcomer Armie Hammer is extremely convincing (also thanks to imperceptible special effects) in his double role as Winklevoss twins, who feel that the social network idea was stolen from them. Last but not least, singer Justin Timberlake plays Napster-founder Sean Parker with so much arrogance, wit and charisma, one has to wonder why he ever bothered with a singing career first. All these performances as well as the ones in minor roles, delivering all those amusing, interesting and realistic dialog lines are a pleasure to behold.
David Fincher's smooth direction and the outstanding cinematography weave it all together into an easy-flowing film and an intelligent commentary on our generation and era, that is probably easier to appreciate if you actually know your way around Facebook. Nine Inch Nail's Trent Reznor delivers a subtle, but perfectly fitting soundtrack.
March 11, 2013
ironclad1609

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    1. Tyler Winklevoss: Woops. Broke your 350 year old doorknob.
    – Submitted by Sarah K (4 months ago)
    1. Eduardo Saverin: Sorry! My Prada's at the cleaners! Along with my hoodie and my 'fuck you' flip-flops, you pretentious douchebag!
    – Submitted by Eli T (13 months ago)
    1. Cameron Winklevoss: Is there any way to make this a fair fight?
    2. Tyler Winklevoss: We could jump out and swim.
    3. Cameron Winklevoss: We'd have to jump out and drown.
    4. Tyler Winklevoss: Well, you could forward and I could row backward.
    5. Cameron Winklevoss: We're genetically identical. Science says we'd stay in one place.
    6. Tyler Winklevoss: Just row the damn boat.
    – Submitted by Eli T (13 months ago)
    1. Sean Parker: Well, I founded an internet company that let folks download and share music for free.
    2. Amelia Ritter: Kind of like Napster?
    3. Sean Parker: Exactly like Napster.
    4. Amelia Ritter: What do you mean?
    5. Sean Parker: I founded Napster.
    6. Amelia Ritter: Sean Parker founded Napster.
    7. Sean Parker: Nice to meet you.
    – Submitted by Eli T (13 months ago)
    1. Cameron Winklevoss: What, do you want to hire an IP lawyer and sue him?
    2. Divya Narendra: No, I want to hire the Sopranos to beat the shit out of him with a hammer!
    – Submitted by Eli T (13 months ago)
    1. Mark Zuckerberg: You know, you really don't need a forensics team to get to the bottom of this. If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook.
    – Submitted by Eli T (13 months ago)
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