Critics Consensus: The Social Network Is One Of The Year's Best

Plus, Let Me In is Certified Fresh, and Case 39 is a pretty generic supernatural thriller.

This week at the movies, we've got Internet pioneers (The Social Network, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake), a juvenile vampire (Let Me In, starring Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee), and a dangerous family (Case 39, starring Renée Zellweger and Ian McShane). What do the critics have to say?
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The Social Network

In only a few short years, Facebook has morphed from a campus-wide phenomenon to revolutionizing the way that we communicate and share information. If The Social Network offers an embellished account of the site's genesis, critics say it's still a remarkable piece of filmmaking -- David Fincher's virtuoso direction and Aaron Sorkin's brisk, intelligent script make the Certified Fresh The Social Network one of the best-reviewed films of the year. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mark Zuckerberg, an ambitious Harvard kid whose ocial networking experiments attract attention beyond Cambridge. But did this somewhat geeky computer wiz crib his big idea from some of his less-ruthless pals? The pundits say The Social Network is the rare history lesson that feels up-to the-minute, thanks to Fincher's bravura direction and some fine performances from Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we count down Fincher's complete filmography.)


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Let Me In

It's inevitable that when Hollywood gets its grubby hands on an acclaimed foreign language film, the result will be a pale, dumbed-down shadow of the original, right? Not so fast; critics say Let Me In, Matt Reeves's remake of the Swedish Vampire masterpiece Let the Right One In, is a fine film in its own right, an eerie, poignant thriller that makes for a nice companion piece to its source. Let Me In stars Kodi Smit-McPhee as a lonely middle schooler in New Mexico who's the victim of frequent bullying. He takes solace in the company of a girl from the neighborhood (Chloe Moretz), but there's something a little off about her -- why has her arrival coincided with a series of brutal killings? The pundits say the Certified Fresh Let Me In is filled with outstanding performances -- particularly the two young leads -- and if it doesn't quite pack the punch of the original, Let Me In maintains its predecessor's mix of bloody disquiet and pre-adolescent angst.


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Case 39

Horror fans must have a thing for creepy kids; in addition to Let Me In, we've got the long-delayed release of Case 39> this week. Unfortunately, critics say this supernatural chiller is bogged down by a weather-beaten plot and several unintentionally hilarious moments. Renée Zellweger stars as a social worker who takes a seemingly abused little girl (Jodelle Ferland) into her care; soon, however, a series of sinister events force her to reevaluate the nature of the child. The pundits say director Christian Alvart has a knack for spooky atmospherics, but mostly, Case 39 suffers from predictability and an absence of real scares.


Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Nuremberg, a remarkable archival documentary about the Nazi war crimes tribunal, is at 100 percent.
  • Ip Man, a biopic of the founder of wing chun kung fu, is at 82 percent.
  • Leaving, a drama starring Kristin Scott Thomas as a bored woman who embarks on a passionate affair that undermines her marriage, is at 79 percent.
  • Freakonomics, an omnibus documentary based on the bestseller by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, is at 52 percent.
  • Douchebag, an indie road trip comedy about a man's quest for his fifth-grade girlfriend, is at 45 percent.
  • Barry Munday, starring Patrick Wilson and Chloë Sevigny in a comedy about a would-be ladies man who suffers a series of indignities, is at 29 percent.
  • Hatchet II, a grisly, campy horror comedy that picks up where its predecessor left off, is at 24 percent.

In addition, there will be a sneak peek of Secretariat, a drama about the great racehorse starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich, in 800 theaters this weekend.

Comments

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

I don't know, Social Network smells like a rental at best.

Sep 30 - 04:41 PM

Lando Griffin

ben keesing

I thought that from the trailers, but the reviews are too good to ignore and it has become a must see for me now.

Sep 30 - 04:50 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

That could very well be true, but I'm just being honest when I say the back-story behind Facebook is not something of great interest to me.
I've found that even if a movie gets very good reviews, if I'm not at all interested in its storyline, those glowing reviews don't mean much.
The same goes for specific genres of movies. If I don't like, let's say, musicals at all, a movie could be the greatest musical ever but I could still dislike it.
As of now, nothing I've seen or heard about Facebook makes me want to go, not even if I had a free ticket. And Justin Timberlake doesn't exactly make me scream "Hey I better go see it now, TIMBERFLAKE is in it!"

Sep 30 - 06:09 PM

whoooop

whoooop ruiz

Yeah... I felt the same way at first and I somewhat feel the same way now, but aside from the obvious consensus, I want to see how well Fincher has constructed the story and how well it has been written.

That's been enough for me to get more excited than I expected.

Sep 30 - 07:43 PM

doomzdavo

Doomz Davo

yea who gives a fuck about facebook. give me a movie about tom from myspace and im sold. waca waca

Oct 4 - 01:41 PM

JS

j s

So i just saw The Social Network. It's damn good. everything about it is good. Never gets boring and has some good laughs. Higly recommend this movie.

Oct 3 - 02:51 PM

Captain Atom

Clyde Saturn

I thought it was going to get terrible reviews, since a film about facebook isn't exactly all that exciting or interesting for that matter.

Sep 30 - 05:18 PM

Sherbert Lemon

kim nguyen

i thought that too, but there were several people that went and saw an advanced screening, and they said it was awesome. plus, it's recieving really good reviews (except for armond white's...as always).

Sep 30 - 11:39 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

Armond White: You don't get to 500 million enemies without being a major D-Bag.

Oct 1 - 09:56 AM

Brendon D.

Brendon Day

why doesn't RT do something about Armond White, sure everyone is going to have a different opinion, but his reviews are awful and he deliberately misses the point on everything to try and make a movie look bad, not too mention movies that are terrible he tries to make out are the greatest things in the world

Oct 3 - 06:52 AM

Brendon D.

Brendon Day

too me it's just a rental, i still haven't even rented out Avatar yet so who knows how long before i watch Social network. Though i am interested with Buried, might get that when it comes out on DVD

Oct 3 - 06:51 AM

Rash Hunt

Rash Hunt

I'll never get to add Greg Giraldo to Facebook.

Sep 30 - 04:46 PM

Lando Griffin

ben keesing

I thought that from the trailers, but the reviews are too good to ignore and it has become a must see for me now.

Sep 30 - 04:50 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

That could very well be true, but I'm just being honest when I say the back-story behind Facebook is not something of great interest to me.
I've found that even if a movie gets very good reviews, if I'm not at all interested in its storyline, those glowing reviews don't mean much.
The same goes for specific genres of movies. If I don't like, let's say, musicals at all, a movie could be the greatest musical ever but I could still dislike it.
As of now, nothing I've seen or heard about Facebook makes me want to go, not even if I had a free ticket. And Justin Timberlake doesn't exactly make me scream "Hey I better go see it now, TIMBERFLAKE is in it!"

Sep 30 - 06:09 PM

whoooop

whoooop ruiz

Yeah... I felt the same way at first and I somewhat feel the same way now, but aside from the obvious consensus, I want to see how well Fincher has constructed the story and how well it has been written.

That's been enough for me to get more excited than I expected.

Sep 30 - 07:43 PM

doomzdavo

Doomz Davo

yea who gives a fuck about facebook. give me a movie about tom from myspace and im sold. waca waca

Oct 4 - 01:41 PM

JS

j s

So i just saw The Social Network. It's damn good. everything about it is good. Never gets boring and has some good laughs. Higly recommend this movie.

Oct 3 - 02:51 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

I'll see Let Me In, I love the original by the way. Social Network seems like a rental to me, especially since the creator of facebook has stated it's mostly fiction.

Sep 30 - 04:56 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

ye but he also said there is nothing really that isn't fiction, even the stuff you learn in school is somehow fiction, The truth is something that is hard to find in the world today so, don't watch it and think this is how FACEBOOK was made but just enjoy the smart film even though, from what i heard many of the critics who saw it all think the film is telling the truth.

Sep 30 - 05:22 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Interesting point...but I'm more focused on Let Me In.

Sep 30 - 07:47 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

I knew SOCIAL NETWORK would be awesome from the trailer and after hearing who the director was. SO i am definitely going to watch the film, I was VERY surprised when i heard it was one of the best films this year and that it has been nominated for almost 6 or 5 academy awards, and yes BEST MOTION PICTURE is one of them.

Sep 30 - 05:26 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

I don't think they've given out nominations this early; however, it will almost certainly win Best Picture. The Academy Awards are extremely predictable and inconsequential at this point. Fincher's last few films have quite frankly been as dull as a common rock in a quarry. A movie about the founding of Facebook is not exactly reassuring either, but perhaps some social commentary will shine through and expose this generation to it's own innate narcissism ...

Sep 30 - 11:35 PM

dodgerblue

Bruce Wayne

It's not a documentary. Plus of course Zuckerberg is going to deny the stuff in the movie. Use your head.

Sep 30 - 05:48 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

I don't care...

Sep 30 - 07:46 PM

dodgerblue

Bruce Wayne

Cool

Sep 30 - 08:53 PM

Draic K.

Draic Kin

It's a film that supposedly depicts him in a negative light. What is he supposed to say? That the film is completely true and that he's a complete scumbag like the film claims that he is?

My guess - Parts of the film are complete dramatization, but other parts are probably much closer to truth than he's willing to admit.

Sep 30 - 10:57 PM

Matt B.

Matt B

Of course he would state it's fiction because it makes him look bad. He's not going to agree with being one of the world's biggest douches. Doesn't mean his statement is true.

Sep 30 - 11:46 PM

Merc With a Mouth

Sawyer Jackson

I'll be seeing The Social Network tomorrow. As for Let Me In, at first I instantly turned it down, but from the praise it's getting, I'm rightfully feeling like a fool so I'll see it soon.

Sep 30 - 05:11 PM

Captain Atom

Clyde Saturn

I thought it was going to get terrible reviews, since a film about facebook isn't exactly all that exciting or interesting for that matter.

Sep 30 - 05:18 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

ye but he also said there is nothing really that isn't fiction, even the stuff you learn in school is somehow fiction, The truth is something that is hard to find in the world today so, don't watch it and think this is how FACEBOOK was made but just enjoy the smart film even though, from what i heard many of the critics who saw it all think the film is telling the truth.

Sep 30 - 05:22 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Interesting point...but I'm more focused on Let Me In.

Sep 30 - 07:47 PM

Jaxx Raxor

Adam Jones

I was going to ignore the Social Network (like I did The Town) but the reviews are too high for me to dismiss. I strongly suspect that Social Network will be considered the front runner for Best Picture for the 2010 Academy Awards. The average rating so far is higher than Toy Story 3.

It's nice that a American remake of a celebrated foreign film isn't horrendous. I do think Let Me In going to do horrible at the box office as it doesn't seem to be the type of movie that's going to have a lot of mainstream appeal.

Case 39 will (hopefully) do even worse at the box office.

Also notice how Armond White once again becomes part of a select few to dislike a critically acclaimed film. Although I will say his review is not as horrendous as the one for Toy Story 3!

Sep 30 - 05:24 PM

sunsaz

Chris Moore

Social Network seems to be living up to it's hype as one of the top Oscar prospects this year. And I'm glad to see that the Let Me In makers didn't drop the ball like a lot of people (myself included) thought they were going to.

Yes sir, it's going to be a good weekend for movies.

Sep 30 - 05:25 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

I knew SOCIAL NETWORK would be awesome from the trailer and after hearing who the director was. SO i am definitely going to watch the film, I was VERY surprised when i heard it was one of the best films this year and that it has been nominated for almost 6 or 5 academy awards, and yes BEST MOTION PICTURE is one of them.

Sep 30 - 05:26 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

I don't think they've given out nominations this early; however, it will almost certainly win Best Picture. The Academy Awards are extremely predictable and inconsequential at this point. Fincher's last few films have quite frankly been as dull as a common rock in a quarry. A movie about the founding of Facebook is not exactly reassuring either, but perhaps some social commentary will shine through and expose this generation to it's own innate narcissism ...

Sep 30 - 11:35 PM

George Patchell

George Patchell

I was unsure at first about The Social Network but neither Fincher nor Sorkin typically puts a foot wrong so I think it'll be great, just gotta wait til Nov 25 for the Aussie release but should be a great film worth waiting for.

Sep 30 - 05:32 PM

George Patchell

George Patchell

Hell's yeah! I guess the rave reviews for The Social Network have helped in Australia coz the release date just got pushed forward from Nov 25 to Oct 25! BOO-YEAH. Can't wait to see this and the Town is out on the 15th!

Oct 3 - 06:21 PM

RamALamADingDong

That Guy

Social Network and Let Me In got better reviews than I thought they would when they first announced each. I suppose I will see Let Me In and wait for Social Network. But my nearby theater is getting Buried so I'll probably see that first and wait for Let Me In next week.

Sep 30 - 05:36 PM

RamALamADingDong

That Guy

So Buried was absolutely brilliant.

Oct 1 - 12:32 PM

dodgerblue

Bruce Wayne

It's not a documentary. Plus of course Zuckerberg is going to deny the stuff in the movie. Use your head.

Sep 30 - 05:48 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

I don't care...

Sep 30 - 07:46 PM

dodgerblue

Bruce Wayne

Cool

Sep 30 - 08:53 PM

 S Man

shawn mcmillion

Why is it always that little troll who ruins 100% first Toy Story 3 now this.

Sep 30 - 06:09 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

That could very well be true, but I'm just being honest when I say the back-story behind Facebook is not something of great interest to me.
I've found that even if a movie gets very good reviews, if I'm not at all interested in its storyline, those glowing reviews don't mean much.
The same goes for specific genres of movies. If I don't like, let's say, musicals at all, a movie could be the greatest musical ever but I could still dislike it.
As of now, nothing I've seen or heard about Facebook makes me want to go, not even if I had a free ticket. And Justin Timberlake doesn't exactly make me scream "Hey I better go see it now, TIMBERFLAKE is in it!"

Sep 30 - 06:09 PM

whoooop

whoooop ruiz

Yeah... I felt the same way at first and I somewhat feel the same way now, but aside from the obvious consensus, I want to see how well Fincher has constructed the story and how well it has been written.

That's been enough for me to get more excited than I expected.

Sep 30 - 07:43 PM

doomzdavo

Doomz Davo

yea who gives a fuck about facebook. give me a movie about tom from myspace and im sold. waca waca

Oct 4 - 01:41 PM

louster200

Louie Wieseman

Didn't think Social Network was going to get that good of reviews. Now I must see it.

Sep 30 - 06:37 PM

Bryan Ferry

Mathias Grieve

I'm with Stepping Razor, the founding of Facebook and the internal drama of a bunch of Harvard trust fund kids doesn't interest me in the least. It probably is amazing, but my pure seething hatred for Facebook is coloring my views, which makes me even less apt to watch it in theaters..

Yes, rental for me as well..

Sep 30 - 06:46 PM

Koroko R.

Koroko Reay-Mackey

God, I hate this line of thinking. Never mind the fact that critics who also hate Facebook are saying this movie is amazing. It's almost as if people think the movie is going to be about a bunch of people "liking" stuff. And I pity those who do. This movie is going to be amazing.

Sep 30 - 10:32 PM

Bryan Ferry

Mathias Grieve

I did say that my hatred colored my views, also, I said it is probably amazing.. Did you read all of my post? This type of thinking is what drives the world, it may not be logical in the least for me to not have any intention of watching this in the theater even though it has mass praise, but nonetheless, I'm not going to.

And you can pity me all you want, it won't change the fact that Fincher isn't getting my money this weekend *shrug* Go and enjoy the movie, but my disinterest in both the premise and the drama behind it isn't going to go away simply because you know it's "going to be amazing".

Oct 1 - 01:44 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Good to see at least one other person is going to stay away from the movie. At this point, I greatly doubt I'd even see it if someone said they'd pay for my ticket. This type of movie, even if it involves scandal, is still going to help promote Facebook.
I, too, don't have any interest in watching a movie about a bunch of snobbish, materialistic, ignorant, rich kids. Where I grew up, I already encountered enough of them.
It's pathetic they're already talking about Oscars in relation to this movie. The Oscars are something else I don't care much for, because the Academy and Oscars are all about a bunch of internal business politics. I still wonder, why do people who are not in the business, or in the Academy care for what they nominate?
I hope all the Oscar buzz surrounding Social Network means it's going to flop.

Sep 30 - 10:33 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

Before you bash it like that, watch it. In your first comment you said you had no interest in seeing it. Okay, that's fine. Now you're saying you hope it flops, it doesn't deserve the Oscar talk, etc. You've crossed the line into speculation and blind criticism. For all you know, it could be as good as all the critics are saying.

Oct 1 - 09:10 AM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

Stepping: You seem passionately indifferent to this movie. Really, very, quite passionately indifferent.

Oct 1 - 10:14 AM

Christopher256G

Christopher Greffin

Wow you are a moron. Have fun missing out on the best movie of the year. I bet your salavating over the next thing Micheal Bay brings out.

Oct 1 - 11:04 AM

Dave J

Dave J

It's only natural that "Facebook" subscibers would feel very negatvely about the film but anyone who saw the creator of Facebook on the news the other day were pointing out that he started "Facebook" by using deceptive practices settling actual lawsuits with real people- I "think" the settlement was somewhere between 16 million dollars which is absolutley nothing compared to what the so-called creator reeks in every year!

Oct 1 - 11:27 AM

Dave J

Dave J

And the shameless publicity to "distort" people from watching "The Social Network" by going on the Oprah show announcing a donation of a miilion dollars to education! This does remind me of the newspaper giant Randolph Hearst whose attempts to prevent people to not watch Citizen Kane- they're some obvious similarities!

Oct 1 - 11:36 AM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

I read an interesting article that put the movie in context with the real Zuckerberg's recent defensive actions (the sudden slew of interviews, the high-profile donation). It semi-jokingly pointed out that the Zuckerberg of the film would totally donate a million to a random education system just to save face really meaning it. In a way, by acting the way he is now, he's merely justifying Sorkin's depiction.

Oct 1 - 12:35 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

I meant to say, "just to save face, WITHOUT really meaning it"

Oct 1 - 12:36 PM

Dave J

Dave J

It's just been confirmed that it's 65 million and more is still pending!

Oct 4 - 11:01 AM

Dave J

Dave J

It's just been confirmed that it's 65 million and more is still pending!

Oct 4 - 11:02 AM

Drew O.

Drew Opalanko

Wow, Oscar hopefuls are already out there. Toy Story 3, Inception, The Town, and apparently the Social Network are porbably going to be the big ones.

Sep 30 - 06:51 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

There are more Oscar hopefuls then that ones you just mentioned just look below in my other post.

Sep 30 - 09:49 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

Well first off, "The Social Network" getting solid reviews DOESN'T surprise me in the least simply because David Fincher is one the better young directors in today's industry even though he's 49. Fincher makes solid films period & his filmography shows that even his few weaker films are stronger then most films. As for Matt Reeves' "Let Me In" they seem to have stayed true to the orignal material which is good & Matt Reeves may become a solid director done the line. He has a bright future.

As for Oscar material, I will tell you right now films like "Black Swan", "127 Hours", "True Grit"(oddly enough), "Fair Game", "The Next Three Days", "Hereafter", "The King's Speech", "The Fighter" & a few other titles will all have the potential to be serious Oscar contenders. Hell, some of them are in the Oscar race already.

Sep 30 - 07:22 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

Oh yeah don't forget "Winter's Bone" & "The Kids Are All Right" are going to be in the running as well.

Sep 30 - 09:48 PM

George Patchell

George Patchell

You forgot "Somewhere" and "Get Low."

Oct 3 - 06:27 PM

KJ Cassidy

kurt cassidy

Double movie friday, mufuha's!

Sep 30 - 07:23 PM

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