Network Reviews

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October 28, 2019
Network is a staggering and jolting attack upon the networks and corporate structure.
July 23, 2019
A corrosive and poetic story about the world of American television. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 11, 2019
[Network] regularly finds itself at the pinnacle of "Best Movie" ratings. In a world where ratings are everything, that's a mighty fine accomplishment.
November 27, 2018
With a powerful performance from Peter Finch, the satirical Network is relevant more so today than upon the theatrical release back in 1976.
June 6, 2018
It deserves to be credited for [its] accuracy... and overall it's still great fun to watch.
April 30, 2018
Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 satire about network television, directed by Sidney Lumet, was amazing then, and it's amazing now...
September 5, 2017
It was the height of satire in 1976: dark as hell, but patently absurd and surely nowhere close to objective reality. Objective reality surpassed it somewhere in the Jerry Springer era.
September 26, 2016
No performance is less than brilliant, with Dunaway particularly effective in the film's showiest role. Holden, Finch and Duvall, as always, contribute bed-rock-solid performances.
March 27, 2015
This tale of a failing network that feeds on the mental breakdown of one of its anchors, cannibalising itself for ratings, feels as savagely relevant now as it did when it was released nearly 40 years ago.
March 27, 2015
Network is neither fair nor modest. It's full of bile, travesty, scolding -- and wry humour.
March 27, 2015
Criticised by some at the time for a certain naivety and lack of subtlety, this remains one of the most devastating condemnations of the media's urge to exploit.
September 17, 2014
Rousing, exciting satire, if not always the most perfectly focused and sophisticated.
February 4, 2014
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.
September 6, 2013
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.
February 11, 2013
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.
February 11, 2013
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.
July 18, 2011
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.
July 18, 2011
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.
February 28, 2011
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.
February 24, 2011
Writer Paddy Chayevsky's prescient 1976 satire of lies, injustice and the American way...has lost none of its sting. [Blu-ray]
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