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The Network Reviews

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John Oursler
Village Voice
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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September 26, 2013
An uncritical, drama-free documentary that comes uncomfortably close to resembling a business-magazine puff piece.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
November 4, 2013
Marginally insightful and incomplete while lacking in additional perspectives.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
October 4, 2013
Feels a bit too cloistered and the subject perhaps too limited for feature-length attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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
Nick Schager
The Dissolve
September 30, 2013
A heartening but tempered portrait of the media's ability to effect social change.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
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+
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
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
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Noah Berlatsky
The Atlantic
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.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
September 30, 2013
Overall, The Network is uneven and unfocused, but not without merit.
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Joe Leydon
September 26, 2013
[An] illuminating documentary about the founding and influence of Tolo TV, the first independent television station to operate in Afghanistan.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 30, 2013
Although at times resembling a promotional video, this documentary provides a vivid illustration of Afghanistan's changing social dynamics.
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