The Net
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Irwin Winkler's paranoid thriller focuses on a high-tech nightmare, as a computer programmer finds herself on the run from an unknown enemy dedicated to ruining her life by digital means. Sandra Bullock stars as Angela Bennett, a programmer who unwittingly comes into possession of software that allows access to secret government information. At first, she thinks little of it, heading off to Mexico on vacation. However, thanks to a series of odd events that culminates with the death of a close friend, Angela starts to suspect she may be in danger. This fear is confirmed when she returns to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A thriller without thrills."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The Net is never quite as sleek and chilling as it might have been, but it gives the old story of a wrongly accused innocent a nerve-wracking 90's twist."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Director Irwin Winkler is as graceless as ever, although the gritty look and refreshingly low-tech action sequences are welcome."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...The Net has aged just as poorly as one might've expected..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Fun popcorn entertainment, thanks in no small part to the always-likable Bullock."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Riddled with more coincidences and implausibilities than Hitchcock permitted himself in his entire career, The Net still gets by as a reasonably suspenseful, very au courant thriller."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A strong enough suspense thriller, a high-tech version of one of those spiraling nightmares in which an innocent person is chased by assassins and wanted by the police."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Technophiles will find certain aspects of the plot less than plausible but a big budget, Bullock and a tense finale ensure Winkler dials up a daft but enjoyable diversion."
‑ , Film4
"Silly techno-espionage chase-thriller copycat. Bullock's miscast, but does what she can."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Stay away from this - unless of course you're an AOL user with a 28k modem and a Pentium 90mhz, in which case you'll be right up to speed with this film."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Pretty soon she's fleeing from her gun-wielding seducer, trying to recover an identity that's being systematically erased through alteration of her personal computer records, and dodging bullets on spinning carousels."
‑ , Time Out
"The story is standard issue pepped up with a sampling of smart computer talk to give the impression the characters know what they're talking about."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Someday the next generation of film buffs will rent some of today's mega-buck blockbuster summer movies and watch them as B-movie camp."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of Bullock's best - has as much byte as it does bang"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Does Bullock no justice."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
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