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: November 27, 1976
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2000
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Driven by populist fury and elevated by strong direction, powerful acting, and an intelligent script, Network's searing satire of ratings-driven news remains sadly relevant more than four decades later.

Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter

Whatever its flaws, Network is a picture that can stand on its own. And does.

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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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Rob Vaux

It was the height of satire in 1976: dark as hell, but patently absurd and surely nowhere close to objective reality. Objective reality surpassed it somewhere in the Jerry Springer era.

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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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Chris Petit
Time Out

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

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

This tale of a failing network that feeds on the mental breakdown of one of its anchors, cannibalising itself for ratings, feels as savagely relevant now as it did when it was released nearly 40 years ago.

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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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Clancy Sigel
The Spectator

Network is neither fair nor modest. It's full of bile, travesty, scolding -- and wry humour.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An intelligent and hilarious satire whose main strength lies especially in a superb ensemble cast and a fantastic script that delights us with many priceless… 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
Mister Caple
Strange how Howard Beal "the mad prophet of the airwaves," dominates our memories of "Network". We remember him in his soaking-wet… 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