The Social Network

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Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest.

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In 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) begins work on a new concept that eventually turns into the global social network known as Facebook. Six years later, he is one of the youngest billionaires ever, but Zuckerberg finds that his unprecedented success leads to both personal and legal complications when he ends up on the receiving end of two lawsuits, one involving his former friend (Andrew Garfield). Based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires."

Cast & Crew

Jesse Eisenberg
Mark Zuckerberg
Andrew Garfield
Eduardo Saverin
Armie Hammer
Cameron, Tyler Winklevoss
Max Minghella
Divya Narendra
Josh Pence
Tyler Winklevoss
Rashida Jones
Marylin Delpy
Aaron Sorkin
Screenwriter
Ceán Chaffin
Producer
Kevin Spacey
Executive Producer
Jeff Cronenweth
Cinematographer
Donald Graham Burt
Production Design
Angus Wall
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Critic Reviews for The Social Network

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  • At last, a movie you can actually discuss afterward. And not just on Facebook or Twitter. No, you'll want to chew it over in person, with friends, for hours.

    October 7, 2011 | Full Review…

    Leah Rozen

    TheWrap
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  • Like Zuckerberg, Fincher excels at data management, delivering vast amounts of information with the utmost clarity and speed.

    October 27, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a shamelessly biased account, as well as a seductively plausible one, although you have to keep your wits about you to get the full effect.

    October 25, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In his first venture over to the dark side, the central performance by Jesse Eisenberg is a revelation. It's Oscar-worthy stuff.

    October 15, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • David Fincher's fast-paced business drama adopts the set-up of his 1999 film Fight Club and inverts it.

    October 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite the fun of the parties, the intrigue of the legal wranglings and the humour of the dialogue, Fincher and Sorkin never let us forget that we're complicit in their story (or at least 500 million of us are).

    October 14, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Social Network

  • Jun 09, 2016
    A biography cashing in on the social media hype. Sure, it had pretty amazing performances, but I highly doubt the accuracy of the depiction. Not to mention the fact that a website can be made into a movie. It did not interest me the least.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2016
    Fincher's signature cinematic style works perfectly with the Social Network's sharp script and top-notch performances.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2016
    The Social Network brings out the strengths of its cast as well as direction and story. This film is beautifully shot, very well directed and almost everything works, good job Fincher!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2016
    There are some instances where certain directors just go together perfectly with the project, both in terms of directing style, cinematography preferences, and it's correlation to the overall story. David Fincher directing what seemingly everyone called "that facebook movie" is one of those situations. I feel like I could go on and on for at least sixty pages about how beautifully this film is shot. Fincher's perfectionist "one-hundred takes of every scene or bust" mentality along with Jesse Eisenberg's detached, overtly-cynical portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg meld well together on giving the film a platform for the remaining cast and story to set itself up on. The film's genius and well-calculated approach is further enhanced by casting somebody who i'd previously not believed to be a good actor in even the slightest. Justin Timberlake's portrayal of Napster co-founded Sean Parker was shockingly well-acted. It's a classic case of a former teen idol proving to the world that he has more to offer than just choreography-laden arena shows and a new album every four years that really only suburban moms know about. Timberlake does to a shockingly decent job of portraying Parker as a former high school geek turned internet entrepreneur turned cast-out wannabe-rockstar who acts as the Lennon to Eisenberg's and Garfield's McCartneys to a point. Aside from the rockstar antics of Silicon Valley net heads (about 20 years too late to use that term?), and an admittedly detailed portrayal of both Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss by Armie Hammer, the film's biggest focus-point isn't about Facebook at all; instead it's focus is on how money and an astounding wave of success on a billion dollar idea can drive two close friends apart - well, that and the stigma surrounding the whole Finals club thing, but that really isn't that important right here and now. Eisenberg's Zuckerberg and Garfield's Saverin feed off each other quite well in terms of dynamic. Both think of themselves as quite capable as making it in real life (they go to Harvard, for the sake of all that is good and pure) except for the socializing and love department, at least at the start of the film. They're desperate to leave their handprints on the world despite Zuckerberg here being too full of himself and cynicism to admit such. And that's the beauty of the Social Network, there's no teary goodbyes, no happy ending all around, and no resolution of the main conflict. Facebook is only a fulcrum in the film's true plot line of how a subtle behind-the-scenes Battle Royale for control over a world-changing idea can rip people apart in a seemingly irreparable way.
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer

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