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The TV Set Reviews

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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 18, 2007
The TV Set is a little wonder of a movie, as smart and sad and true as any comedy I've seen this year.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 13, 2007
Honestly, isn't it a little late to be bemoaning sleazy reality TV?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 10, 2007
The appalling sausage factory that produces what we see on network TV is nicely skewered in The TV Set, an engaging if not exactly edgy comedy that exists to restate the obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 10, 2007
A facile but likable send-up of how things (don't) work in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 5, 2007
This satire settles for simply restating the obvious.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 4, 2007
A somewhat cold and calculated film that apparently unconsciously exemplifies that which it intends to criticize.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 4, 2007
While some of the gags may be a little too inside baseball, anyone who has seen Broadcast News or reads the occasional issue of 'Entertainment Weekly' will have no problem understanding and enjoying Kasdan's chomp on the hand that once fed him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 27, 2007
Bland and compromised, it feels as if it's been fine-tuned and focus-grouped within an inch of its life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 27, 2007
Writer-director Jake Kasdan has been through his share of meetings with production executives eager to share their ideas on improving his ideas, and in The TV Set, we see that dynamic play out from beginning to corrosive end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 27, 2007
Everyone already knew showbiz is ridiculous, but the funniest example Kasdan can come up with is a manager who has never seen Taxi Driver.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
April 27, 2007
Kasdan wisely doesn't make this about the big, bad bosses vs. the creative geniuses who won't compromise. It's a well-balanced look at a process, which, from the outside seems arbitrary and convoluted, but from the inside makes sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 27, 2007
Various news stories have noted the movie's accuracy, which I don't doubt, but the blanket antipathy makes for a wearying and predictable story.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 23, 2007
The TV Set, written and directed by Jake Kasdan, often possesses the gimlet-eyed wit of The Player or the mock docs of Christopher Guest.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 20, 2007
A tart, smart, closely observed satire of the television industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2007
A wickedly funny satire about the vast wasteland takes the position that shows aren't born dumb. They get that way because of network meddling and a widely held assumption that audiences prefer pabulum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 20, 2007
What's missing here is the sense that anything truly vital is at stake -- like, say, our cultural intelligence or the future of mainstream entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 13, 2007
Call me crazy, but there's a lot more going on in The TV Set than first meets the eye. You'll have major fun at this movie. But what makes it something special is the way [director] Kasdan laces the laughs with a sting.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 12, 2007
The TV Set isn't in the same league with Network or The Player, but it's very good, and its cast is accomplished.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 9, 2007
The TV Set skewers the television industry in a manner that occasionally feels familiar and at other times is humorously incisive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 9, 2007
The jokes are things people shooting a pilot might actually say; the telling episodes of vanity or stupidity are entirely believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 9, 2007
... wickedly funny ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 9, 2007
... the movie deserves attention because of its sunlit graces, droll subtleties, terrific performances and soft-boiled rue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 9, 2007
The satire is unrelenting but not too broad; it stays close to common observation.
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
April 7, 2007
Airlessly insidery and only sporadically funny ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 7, 2007
... a well-acted and generally funny comedy that doesn't bog down in emotion even when it bogs down in its own plot.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 5, 2007
At its best, The TV Set is wry and even laugh-out-loud funny about the messy tangle of art, commerce and family, as talented creative types try to stay true to themselves and put food on the table.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 5, 2007
Very smart, very funny movie about the making of a network sitcom is a cut-glass gem of a showbiz conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 4, 2007
Kasdan should have the expertise to write a backstage exposť of the TV industry. This one simply isn't funny.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 4, 2007
The TV Set, about the Hollywood cultural miasma called "pilot season," is the kind of sharp, satirical picture of show business as no business that so badly missed the mark in For Your Consideration.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 2, 2007
It's deftly calibrated and acted with relish: [writer-director] Kasdan is really good!
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
June 24, 2006
An insider pic likely to produce a few knowing guffaws from the industry but only occasional chuckles from John Q. Public.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 24, 2006
Kasdan, a TV industry veteran, knows his territory well and has translated his experiences with an obvious verisimilitude. But for all the dead-on accuracy of his characterizations and situations, there is little that is terribly surprising here.