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The TV Set Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 4, 2007
A somewhat cold and calculated film that apparently unconsciously exemplifies that which it intends to criticize.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 4, 2007
While some of the gags may be a little too inside baseball, anyone who has seen Broadcast News or reads the occasional issue of 'Entertainment Weekly' will have no problem understanding and enjoying Kasdan's chomp on the hand that once fed him.
| Original Score: 3/4
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
May 4, 2007
Yes, it's funny because it's true. But it's also sad for just the same reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 3, 2007
There's a smugness to TV Set that undercuts the humor. The movie is so confident of its artistic superiority to the commercial ventures it parodies that even its most sympathetic characters are not terribly appealing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 3, 2007
Director Jake Kasdan's not-so-scathing satire of the slimy underbelly of television program development is neither funny enough nor biting enough to validate its overreaching goals.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
April 28, 2007
Darkly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 27, 2007
Bland and compromised, it feels as if it's been fine-tuned and focus-grouped within an inch of its life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 27, 2007
Writer-director Jake Kasdan has been through his share of meetings with production executives eager to share their ideas on improving his ideas, and in The TV Set, we see that dynamic play out from beginning to corrosive end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 27, 2007
Everyone already knew showbiz is ridiculous, but the funniest example Kasdan can come up with is a manager who has never seen Taxi Driver.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
April 27, 2007
Kasdan wisely doesn't make this about the big, bad bosses vs. the creative geniuses who won't compromise. It's a well-balanced look at a process, which, from the outside seems arbitrary and convoluted, but from the inside makes sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 27, 2007
Various news stories have noted the movie's accuracy, which I don't doubt, but the blanket antipathy makes for a wearying and predictable story.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 24, 2007
The TV Set is therapy for actors and writers, and other people's therapy is almost always fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 23, 2007
The TV Set, written and directed by Jake Kasdan, often possesses the gimlet-eyed wit of The Player or the mock docs of Christopher Guest.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 20, 2007
A tart, smart, closely observed satire of the television industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chuck Barney
Contra Costa Times
April 20, 2007
A mostly lightweight endeavor that never builds any genuine emotional traction. And you have to wonder if it's just a little too 'inside' to resonate with a sizable audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2007
A wickedly funny satire about the vast wasteland takes the position that shows aren't born dumb. They get that way because of network meddling and a widely held assumption that audiences prefer pabulum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 20, 2007
What's missing here is the sense that anything truly vital is at stake -- like, say, our cultural intelligence or the future of mainstream entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 20, 2007
Kasdan stages scenes with a loose, cheerful spirit that suggests how much better TV itself might more often be if it weren't so in thrall to idiot focus groups and nervous, turf-protecting executives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 19, 2007
... a pointed satire of the dumbing down of network TV with a sour tone and a broad execution.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
April 18, 2007
Doesn't win any points in the originality department (television executives suck, apparently), but an unusually game, most likely overqualified cast manages to give it a fair amount of bite.
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