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Network Reviews

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
September 26, 2016
Whatever its flaws, Network is a picture that can stand on its own. And does.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
February 17, 2011
The film's never been more timely.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Chris Petit
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Slick, 'adult', self-congratulatory, and almost entirely hollow.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Network can be faulted both for going too far and not far enough, but it's also something that very few commercial films are these days. It's alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.D. Murphy
February 13, 2001
This is a bawdy, stops-out, no-holds-barred story of a TV network that will, quite literally, do anything to get an audience.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Dunaway's performance in Network remains among her most accomplished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Cintra Wilson
January 1, 2000
The greatest screenplay ever to remain undestroyed by Hollywood.