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A trenchant satire of "trash TV," Network seems to grow only more relevant with each passing year. Howard Beale (Peter Finch), the dean of newscasters at the United Broadcasting System, is put out to pasture because he "skews old." Network executive Max Schumacher (William Holden), Howard's best friend, is forced to deliver the bad news. Beale can't stomach the idea of losing his 25-year post as anchorman simply because of age, so in his next broadcast he announces to the viewers that he's going to commit suicide on his final program. Network head Frank Hackett… More
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"The plot that Paddy Chayefsky has concocted to prove this point is so crazily preposterous that even in post-Watergate America -- where we know that bats can get loose in the corridors of power -- it is just impossible to accept."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Slick, 'adult', self-congratulatory, and almost entirely hollow."
‑ , Time Out
"Network taps into the hysteria of the television business at a time when the medium was still important, a monolithic and competitive media industry hungry to tap into the next big thing and do anything for ratings."
‑ Tina Hassannia, Movie Mezzanine
"A brilliantly played, stone-cold '70s classic, whose message -- the blur between entertainment and degradation -- has more than a tang of topicality in these days of reality TV-dominated scheduling."
‑ , Total Film
"the secret to the film's immense popularity, though, is this angry, sudden blast of "truth" -- without being specific -- as if it had never been spoken aloud before."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The film's never been more timely."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Network can be faulted both for going too far and not far enough, but it's also something that very few commercial films are these days. It's alive."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"As relevant today as it was back in 1976, Network is arguably the best film ever made about the television industry."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"There is plenty wrong with television, plenty to satirize. But Network prudently misses the point, dishing up an outrageous razzle-dazzle stew that will ruffle no network feathers and delight a popular audience."
‑ Robert Hatch, The Nation
"Writer Paddy Chayevsky's prescient 1976 satire of lies, injustice and the American way...has lost none of its sting. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Chayefsky was apparently serious about much of this shrill, self-important 1976 satire about television, interlaced with bile about radicals and pushy career women, and so were some critics at the time."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This is a bawdy, stops-out, no-holds-barred story of a TV network that will, quite literally, do anything to get an audience."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"The mystic quality within "Network" is that it pitches curve balls at us that have meanings relative to our unique situations, and all of them encompass a value that is beyond simple comprehension."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"Fearless, funny and frank television satire that doesn't take any prisoners. Writing, performances and direction are all bang on and Finch cooks on gas throughout."
‑ , Film4
"Biting '76 satire with a media literacy lesson."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
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