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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), an ambitious producer at the network news division's Washington D.C. branch, who is calm under fire yet has a good cry at her desk every morning over her empty personal life. Jane works well with Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks), an excellent reporter who lacks the visual charisma to make him a star. Into their lives comes Tom Grunick (William Hurt), a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All the performers are tops."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Underpinning what is a charming, protean love-triangle is a serious statement about the function, value, and direction of television news."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"(The) endlessly quotable writing... keeps the film fresh as Tom, Aaron and Jane carom off each other at ever-more oblique angles."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"People often behave foolishly in matters of love and just about everything else. That can lead to heartache and tragedy, but that same foolishness can also be very funny to watch, as it is here."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Hunter and Brooks are hugely appealing as news professionals trying to stay afloat in the corporate cauldron."
‑ , Film4
"Enormously entertaining."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie is a sarcastic and carefully detailed picture of a world Mr. Brooks finds fascinating and also a little scary."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The outstanding set pieces give the viewer an idea of the job pressures, its perks, pitfalls and how the news is in the long run compromised."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Worthy adult entertainment."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the best entertainments of 1987."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"In a film tracing the endless battles between style and substance, Brooks delivers both in abundance."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Though lacking visual style, this is a poignantly written film about the changing professional mores of TV news in the electronic age, well-acted by the three leads, Holly Hunter, William Hurt, and Albert Brooks."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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