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Network 1976

Critics score:
91 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

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. Read more

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. Read more

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: The film's never been more timely. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Dunaway's performance in Network remains among her most accomplished. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: When Chayefsky created Howard Beale, could he have imagined Jerry Springer, Howard Stern and the World Wrestling Federation? Read more

Cintra Wilson, Salon.com: The greatest screenplay ever to remain undestroyed by Hollywood. Read more

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. Read more

Chris Petit, Time Out: Slick, 'adult', self-congratulatory, and almost entirely hollow. Read more

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. Read more