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Network Reviews

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January 26, 2006
Slick, 'adult', self-congratulatory, and almost entirely hollow.
June 26, 2007
Chayefsky was apparently serious about much of this shrill, self-important 1976 satire about television, interlaced with bile about radicals and pushy career women, and so were some critics at the time.
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.
March 17, 2006
Much of Chayefsky's script seems to have been written with megaphone in hand, which is close to how director Sidney Lumet airs it out. Yet in retrospect, maybe the ravings of Finch as a deranged anchorman aren't so far from surreal madness of Jerry Spring
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 5, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 27, 2015
Network is neither fair nor modest. It's full of bile, travesty, scolding -- and wry humour.
September 26, 2016
Whatever its flaws, Network is a picture that can stand on its own. And does.
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
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+
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.
May 23, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
When Chayefsky created Howard Beale, could he have imagined Jerry Springer, Howard Stern and the World Wrestling Federation?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Dunaway's performance in Network remains among her most accomplished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 26, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 8, 2005
One of the greatest in a great year for movies. My favorite William Holden performance.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 7, 2002
Tme hasn't dulled it; it's still smart and sharp and the things it says are still true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 28, 2006
Rare is the social satire that rings as true as Network does, and the film is even more topical today than it was thirty years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 26, 2005
It's creepy how prescient this one-time satire turned out to be.
| Original Score: 5/5
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 17, 2014
Rousing, exciting satire, if not always the most perfectly focused and sophisticated.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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