Network Reviews

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February 17, 2011
The film's never been more timely.
December 15, 2010
Biting '76 satire with a media literacy lesson.
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.
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.
February 17, 2007
A timeless satire on television as a wasteland.
January 5, 2007
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).
August 2, 2006
So truthful, so prescient, it's painful. Paddy Chayevsky delivers one of the best screenplays ever written.
April 11, 2006
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
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.
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.
February 15, 2006
If 'Network' had the ring of truth to it in 1976, you can be sure it's even truer these days.
January 26, 2006
Slick, 'adult', self-congratulatory, and almost entirely hollow.
December 6, 2005
A well-crafted piece of celluloid that holds up quite nicely in the feeding-frenzy mentality that defines modern media.
August 26, 2005
It's creepy how prescient this one-time satire turned out to be.
May 10, 2005
January 8, 2005
One of the greatest in a great year for movies. My favorite William Holden performance.
July 29, 2004
April 16, 2004
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