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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.
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.
Dunaway's performance in Network remains among her most accomplished.
When Chayefsky created Howard Beale, could he have imagined Jerry Springer, Howard Stern and the World Wrestling Federation?
The greatest screenplay ever to remain undestroyed by Hollywood.
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.
Slick, 'adult', self-congratulatory, and almost entirely hollow.
This is a bawdy, stops-out, no-holds-barred story of a TV network that will, quite literally, do anything to get an audience.