Network
Network (1976)

When anchorman Howard Beale is forced to retire his 25-year post because of his age, he announces to his viewers that he's going to commit suicide on his final program. When his announcement looks like it will improve the ratings, the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: May 16, 2000
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94%



Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Time Out

Slick, 'adult', self-congratulatory, and almost entirely hollow.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Rousing, exciting satire, if not always the most perfectly focused and sophisticated.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

The film's never been more timely.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Tina Hassannia
Movie Mezzanine

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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A.D. Murphy
Variety

This is a bawdy, stops-out, no-holds-barred story of a TV network that will, quite literally, do anything to get an audience.

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A brilliant and hilarious satire whose strength lies especially on a superb ensemble cast and a fantastic script that delights us with many priceless exchanges… More
Thomas Bowler
It's pretty hard to quibble with ratings in the face of this titan of a film. Brilliant work by all involved. Full review later.
Bathsheba Monk
Okay, everybody: go to your windows and shout: I'm made as h*ll and I'm not going to take it anymore. This movie took my breath away. Almost 30… More
Greg S
Once-respected news anchor Howard Beale loses his mind and starts ranting during a live broadcast; since the UBS network is in last place the executives make… More
Alex roy
Sidney Lumet's Network is yet again a stunning piece of cinema that explores the roots of a TV network looking for the next big thing to air. This is a… More
Josh Morris
Network is a hilarious yet sad hate letter, a precscient black 'satire' about the evil world of television from 1976. Satire is in parentheses… More

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