The Social Network Reviews

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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
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.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 14, 2010
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 4, 2010
The movie's lustrous, deep-focus frames and headlong pace are difficult to resist. Its an entertainingly cynical small movie.
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
October 1, 2010
You will know The Social Network is something very special from its first scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 1, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 1, 2010
This is the 2010 Oscar season's first drama to live up to the hype and expectations associated with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 1, 2010
There's a cool precision and honesty to The Social Network, the story of the founding of Facebook, which guarantees its entertainment value even as it limits its emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 1, 2010
It has the staccato wit of a drawing-room comedy, the fatal flaw of a tragic romance and the buzzy immediacy of a front-page headline, all powered by a kinetic engine typically found in an action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
October 1, 2010
[P]roof that Fincher's directorial verve can imbue virtually any tale with urgency, be it the search for a killer or the search for a killer app.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 1, 2010
Despite the whiz-bang topicality, the headlong intelligence, and the many sharp collegiate scenes, this new-style movie hews pretty closely to an old-style playbook.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 1, 2010
What a joy to sit in a theater and be engaged, surprised, challenged, amused.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 1, 2010
Somehow the results come together like the perfect status update.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 1, 2010
What looks on paper like a static series of dead-end conversations comes to life as a vital, engaging, even urgent parable for our age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
October 1, 2010
Everyone involved went out and made the film they were trying to make, and it's often funny and generally captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 30, 2010
The writing is strong, and the drama -- the drama of betrayal -- is ever present.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 30, 2010
This account of Facebook's founder, and of the website's explosive growth, quickly lifts you to a state of exhilaration, and pretty much keeps you there for two hours.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 30, 2010
Thanks to David Fincher's straightforward direction, Aaron Sorkin's Oscar-level script and a half-dozen sharp performances, this is one of the best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 30, 2010
Weeks after seeing it, moments from it will haunt you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 30, 2010
Fincher gives the story the vitality and clear, coherent tension of a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 30, 2010
One of the many remarkable things about David Fincher's movie The Social Network is the constant realization, as you watch, that this movie should by all rights have been exceedingly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 30, 2010
It's astonishing that a movie mostly set in front of computer screens and in deposition rooms, a movie where the end is already known, has the hold of a suspense film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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September 30, 2010
The Social Network is terrific entertainment - an unlikely thriller that makes business ethics, class distinctions and intellectual-property arguments sexy
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 30, 2010
Fincher has made quite a few terrific films, from Se7en to the underrated Zodiac. But this time he's outdone himself. The Social Network is riveting from start to finish, and a master class in directing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 30, 2010
The Social Network sometimes relegates the actual effects of Facebook to passing lines of dialogue and offhand references. But there's plenty to explore in its causes, and Zuckerberg's story ends up feeling bigger than his own life.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 30, 2010
Watching The Social Network, the real Zuckerberg may feel as if someone has hacked into his Facebook account and changed his profile picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 29, 2010
It may be the year's best movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 29, 2010
Brilliantly directed by David Fincher, this provocative film probes the impetus for invention, the changing face of social interaction and the limits of friendship -- the old-fashioned kind and the version linking 500 million Facebook users.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 29, 2010
David Fincher's film has the rare quality of being not only as smart as its brilliant hero, but in the same way. It is cocksure, impatient, cold, exciting and instinctively perceptive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 29, 2010
Despite the ceaseless yammering, The Social Network delivers the heady, rib-tickling rush of an action picture, and it gradually builds to an emotional wallop that blindsides you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
September 29, 2010
The film swaggers with a bravado born of insecurity...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2010
Smartly written by Aaron Sorkin, directed to within an inch of its life by David Fincher and anchored by a perfectly pitched performance by Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network is a barn-burner of a tale that unfolds at a splendid clip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 29, 2010
The Social Network has everything you want in a thriller for the brain: huge doses of ego and duplicity, corporate backstabbing, and some very layered performances.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 29, 2010
With The Social Network, director David Fincher has come up with a movie that, in telling the turbulent story of whiz-kid Mark Zuckerberg's creation of Facebook, isn't just compelling. It's great.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 29, 2010
On the level of craft, the movie's just absurdly enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 29, 2010
The Social Network combines a multitude of impressions and conflicting first-person accounts in a trajectory that is refreshingly coherent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
September 28, 2010
The Social Network succeeds, per journalism's most basic directive, in showing not telling. And like great journalism, a great film can capture the reality of the present -- and even make art out of it.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 28, 2010
The Social Network's first act is its best -- a hellishly precise youth movie rattling along on a clamor of computer jargon.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 28, 2010
An unlikely marriage of directorial and writerly sensibilities has produced one of the most stimulating films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 27, 2010
Just as you can't stop yourself from checking into Facebook more than once a day, you'll find yourself drawn to The Social Network again and again. It's easily one of the year's best.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 27, 2010
Is The Social Network one of the fall season's best big movies? Without question.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 27, 2010
A film this rich emits all kinds of literary and cinematic reverberations.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 27, 2010
The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 27, 2010
The Social Network is one of those movies that cares more about whether something "feels" real than whether it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 27, 2010
Do movies ever attempt to analyze the entire weave of life? Now they do.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 27, 2010
Rushes through a coruscating series of exhilarations and desolations, triumphs and betrayals, and ends with what feels like darkness closing in on an isolated soul.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 24, 2010
Mr. Fincher and Mr. Sorkin offer up a creation story for the digital age and something of a morality tale, one driven by desire, marked by triumph, tainted by betrayal and inspired by the new gospel: the geek shall inherit the earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 22, 2010
It's the finest film in many years to open the New York Film Festival.
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Todd McCarthy
indieWIRE
September 21, 2010
On a first viewing, it seems almost indecently smart, funny and sexy. The second time around... half the time I sat there marveling at the similarities of the story, themes and structure to Citizen Kane.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 21, 2010
A mesmerizing, bewildering and infuriating protagonist makes this movie about Facebook's creation a must-see.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 21, 2010
Continues Fincher's fascinating transition from genre filmmaker extraordinaire to indelible chronicler of our times.