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Network Reviews

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Top Critic
Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
September 26, 2016
Whatever its flaws, Network is a picture that can stand on its own. And does.
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clancy Sigel
The Spectator
March 27, 2015
Network is neither fair nor modest. It's full of bile, travesty, scolding -- and wry humour.
Sue Heal
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 17, 2014
Rousing, exciting satire, if not always the most perfectly focused and sophisticated.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Tina Hassannia
Movie Mezzanine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
David Keyes
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Total Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Hatch
The Nation
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
February 17, 2011
The film's never been more timely.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Biting '76 satire with a media literacy lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
June 26, 2007
Finch's spouting is impressive, but we prefer Holden's sardonic edge, even if his big speeches seem the most predictably written.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 17, 2007
A timeless satire on television as a wasteland.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
September 11, 2006
For some reason, Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning satire was perceived as a drama when the movie came out in 1976. Much ahead of its time, the film was a cautionary tale of the news media as infotainment (emphasis on the secon part of the concept).
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
August 2, 2006
So truthful, so prescient, it's painful. Paddy Chayevsky delivers one of the best screenplays ever written.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Cole Smithey
April 11, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
March 8, 2006
One would assume that a 1976 film about network television would feel dated today, but director Sidney Lumet and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky had such a fine concept that Network seems downright contemporary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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