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The TV Set Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
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
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Sharky, cynical look at TV world needs more bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 6, 2007
The best thing that one can say about this film, is that it's probably too good for TV.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 4, 2007
A somewhat cold and calculated film that apparently unconsciously exemplifies that which it intends to criticize.
Chris Cabin
April 5, 2007
if Kasdan's point was to use the film as metaphor, its attitude towards the audience is spiteful at best
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Gary Goldstein
April 6, 2007
Much like the television pilot it revolves around, the pale satire The TV Set doesn't quite know what it wants to be.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
June 6, 2006
Wavering between dark humor and the anguish of the creative soul, this look at the self-destructive TV industry never quite gets at either.
| Original Score: 6/10
Tony Medley
April 8, 2007
This doesn't rise to the level of awful. Like priests condemned to Dante's Inferno, there is a lower rating for movies this bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
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Jay Weissberg
June 24, 2006
An insider pic likely to produce a few knowing guffaws from the industry but only occasional chuckles from John Q. Public.
Edward Havens
April 6, 2007
[Except for Sigourney Weaver] everyone else looks so damn solemn, it's as if neither they nor their director understood this was meant to be a parody.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2007
What with its utter lack of passion, it's difficult to say if the film wants to be taken as satire, but if it does then this one counts as a toothless dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 5, 2007
This satire settles for simply restating the obvious.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 25, 2007
"The TV Set" feels a little underdone and half-realized, as if it were the pilot episode for a show that never got picked up for the fall season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 23, 2008
Sad, slow and rather boring story about how writers get dumped on and smart television shows get dumbed down.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 24, 2006
Kasdan, a TV industry veteran, knows his territory well and has translated his experiences with an obvious verisimilitude. But for all the dead-on accuracy of his characterizations and situations, there is little that is terribly surprising here.
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