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The Network Reviews

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October 19, 2013
Non-reality TV finds a place in war-torn Afghanistan in this insightful slice of life of the fledgling broadcast industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 15, 2013
Orner exhibits a deep and sincere passion for her surrogate subjects and what she clearly believes to be the balm of this unique 'edu-tainment,' a fact which helps offset a somewhat jumbled editorial vision.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 8, 2013
The Network, though, makes a powerful case that, whatever its limitations, a free media, in the form of Sesame Street, cop dramas, travel shows, or women dancing without headscarves, is vital if Afghanistan is ever to know peace.
September 30, 2013
Overall, The Network is uneven and unfocused, but not without merit.
September 30, 2013
Although at times resembling a promotional video, this documentary provides a vivid illustration of Afghanistan's changing social dynamics.
September 30, 2013
A heartening but tempered portrait of the media's ability to effect social change.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2013
Though heavy with interviews that can be shallow, the movie provides an angle on a country remaking itself after Taliban rule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 26, 2013
[An] illuminating documentary about the founding and influence of Tolo TV, the first independent television station to operate in Afghanistan.
November 4, 2013
Marginally insightful and incomplete while lacking in additional perspectives.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
October 4, 2013
Feels a bit too cloistered and the subject perhaps too limited for feature-length attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 26, 2013
An uncritical, drama-free documentary that comes uncomfortably close to resembling a business-magazine puff piece.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 24, 2013
Orner relies almost exclusively on interviews, and while not every story calls for bells and whistles, such a ho-hum approach doesn't do much for TOLO's inspiring work.
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