Network Reviews

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.
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 17, 2011
The film's never been more timely.
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.
January 26, 2006
Slick, 'adult', self-congratulatory, and almost entirely hollow.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Dunaway's performance in Network remains among her most accomplished.
January 1, 2000
So the movie's flawed... That finally doesn't bother me, because what it does accomplish is done so well, is seen so sharply, is presented so unforgivingly, that Network will outlive a lot of tidier movies.
January 1, 2000
The greatest screenplay ever to remain undestroyed by Hollywood.