Broadcast News
Broadcast News (1987)

Writer/director/producer James L. Brooks scores on all counts with this clear-eyed look at the television news business and the dysfunctional types who work in it. Brooks' intelligent script introduces us to Jane Craig (Holly Hunter),… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 5, 1999
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Critic Score
98%
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User Score
78%



Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

All the performers are tops.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

Underpinning what is a charming, protean love-triangle is a serious statement about the function, value, and direction of television news.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

(The) endlessly quotable writing... keeps the film fresh as Tom, Aaron and Jane carom off each other at ever-more oblique angles.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Enormously entertaining.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie is a sarcastic and carefully detailed picture of a world Mr. Brooks finds fascinating and also a little scary.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The human element is just as prescient as it was then, while the characters' romantic/professional entanglements now have the added poignancy of the past tense.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of the best entertainments of 1987.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Broadcast News has a lot of interesting things to say about television. But the thing it does best is look into a certain kind of personality and a certain kind of relationship.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

By looking at the small-screen picture...[Brooks] provocatively suggests that America's socio-political problems are pretty much the same as the personal problems of its citizens. [Blu-ray]

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
I saw all the great reviews but I did not feel this film was particularly amazing.
Daniel Perry
A solid but imperfect love triangle set amidst the ever-declining journalistic standard of info-tainment, Broadcast News rides an excellent performance by Holly… More
Dan Schultz
A very entertaining, extremely well-written and acted look at a news team and how dedicated they are to their jobs, as well as how they interact with each other… More
Jennifer Xu
I adore Broadcast News, though it did go on a little too long. But there's so much about it that I love: Holly Hunters sweet little Southern accent, the… More
Lenny Muggsy
Network in the 80's without the RAGE!
Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Altman: If anything happens to me, you tell every woman I've ever gone out with I was talking about her at the end. That way they'll have to… More

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