- Entertainment Weekly
The movie is a sarcastic and carefully detailed picture of a world Mr. Brooks finds fascinating and also a little scary.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
Brooks' observations are as keen as Woody Allen's but without the neurotic narcissism.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
The film is so ingratiatingly high-spirited, and the performances so full of sass and vigor, that in the long run it doesn't really matter much.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
Broadcast News has a lot of interesting things to say about television. But the thing it does best is look into a certain kind of personality and a certain kind of relationship.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
One of the best entertainments of 1987.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Variety Staff - Variety
All the performers are tops.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
(The) endlessly quotable writing... keeps the film fresh as Tom, Aaron and Jane carom off each other at ever-more oblique angles.
Christopher Long - Movie Metropolis
Christopher Long - DVDTown.com
The human element is just as prescient as it was then, while the characters' romantic/professional entanglements now have the added poignancy of the past tense.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
By looking at the small-screen picture...[Brooks] provocatively suggests that America's socio-political problems are pretty much the same as the personal problems of its citizens. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
People often behave foolishly in matters of love and just about everything else. That can lead to heartache and tragedy, but that same foolishness can also be very funny to watch, as it is here.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The outstanding set pieces give the viewer an idea of the job pressures, its perks, pitfalls and how the news is in the long run compromised.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Worthy adult entertainment.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Hunter and Brooks are hugely appealing as news professionals trying to stay afloat in the corporate cauldron.
In a film tracing the endless battles between style and substance, Brooks delivers both in abundance.
- Empire Magazine
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Though lacking visual style, this is a poignantly written film about the changing professional mores of TV news in the electronic age, well-acted by the three leads, Holly Hunter, William Hurt, and Albert Brooks.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Smart, biting media humor is a bit dated, but well worthwhile viewing.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Underpinning what is a charming, protean love-triangle is a serious statement about the function, value, and direction of television news.
Stephen Garrett - Time Out
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
I could gush over this movie for hours, just delightful
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Rebecca Murray - About.com
The best movie about the television business
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
It's absurd but often funny, usually when it's dissecting the TV trade.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
A good love story and nice behind-the-scenes look at the news.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Brooks' screenplay still seems alarmingly timely in its portrait of the blurring of the lines between what is news and what is entertainment. The movie's quietly devastating climax beautifully illustrates the collapse of ethics in TV journalism.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Fresh and funny film that offers a glimpse of how three members of the Baby Boom generation are handling the challenges of love and work.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Shannon J. Harvey - Sunday Times (Australia)
A modern classic; Brooks dialogue rings true; great performances by Hurt, Hunter and especially Albert Brooks make this a movie one can watch over and over again.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
An important comedy, a funny drama and a razor-sharp portrait of American culture then and now.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Occasionally aims for obvious targets, but is kept afloat by Brooks' observant humor.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Full of characters you'll want to hug and dialogue you'll want to memorize.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
An enjoyable, if lightweight, viewing experience.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Characters like these could have carried a film twice as long.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews