The film's never been more timely.
Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly
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.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
When Chayefsky created Howard Beale, could he have imagined Jerry Springer, Howard Stern and the World Wrestling Federation?
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
This is a bawdy, stops-out, no-holds-barred story of a TV network that will, quite literally, do anything to get an audience.
A.D. Murphy - Variety
The greatest screenplay ever to remain undestroyed by Hollywood.
Cintra Wilson - Salon.com
Dunaway's performance in Network remains among her most accomplished.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
There is plenty wrong with television, plenty to satirize. But Network prudently misses the point, dishing up an outrageous razzle-dazzle stew that will ruffle no network feathers and delight a popular audience.
Robert Hatch - The Nation
A brilliantly played, stone-cold '70s classic, whose message -- the blur between entertainment and degradation -- has more than a tang of topicality in these days of reality TV-dominated scheduling.
- Total Film
Fearless, funny and frank television satire that doesn't take any prisoners. Writing, performances and direction are all bang on and Finch cooks on gas throughout.
the secret to the film's immense popularity, though, is this angry, sudden blast of "truth" -- without being specific -- as if it had never been spoken aloud before.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Writer Paddy Chayevsky's prescient 1976 satire of lies, injustice and the American way...has lost none of its sting. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Biting '76 satire with a media literacy lesson.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
Finch's spouting is impressive, but we prefer Holden's sardonic edge, even if his big speeches seem the most predictably written.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
A timeless satire on television as a wasteland.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
For some reason, Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning satire was perceived as a drama when the movie came out in 1976. Much ahead of its time, the film was a cautionary tale of the news media as infotainment (emphasis on the secon part of the concept).
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
So truthful, so prescient, it's painful. Paddy Chayevsky delivers one of the best screenplays ever written.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Much of Chayefsky's script seems to have been written with megaphone in hand, which is close to how director Sidney Lumet airs it out. Yet in retrospect, maybe the ravings of Finch as a deranged anchorman aren't so far from surreal madness of Jerry Spring
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
One would assume that a 1976 film about network television would feel dated today, but director Sidney Lumet and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky had such a fine concept that Network seems downright contemporary.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Rare is the social satire that rings as true as Network does, and the film is even more topical today than it was thirty years ago.
Scott Weinberg - DVD Clinic
If 'Network' had the ring of truth to it in 1976, you can be sure it's even truer these days.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Slick, 'adult', self-congratulatory, and almost entirely hollow.
- Time Out
A well-crafted piece of celluloid that holds up quite nicely in the feeding-frenzy mentality that defines modern media.
Stuart Swineford - Film Threat
It's creepy how prescient this one-time satire turned out to be.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
One of the greatest in a great year for movies. My favorite William Holden performance.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
One of the great black comedies of the '70s
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Brandon Judell - PopcornQ
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
A hilarious and disturbingly prophetic look at the silliness of TV news.
Dan Lybarger - Nitrate Online
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Joshua Tanzer - Offoffoff
Overrated heavy-handed satire that now seems facile and obvious.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
Tme hasn't dulled it; it's still smart and sharp and the things it says are still true.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Wildly overrated film does have its moments.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A fantastically over-the-top tale.
Joshua Mooney - Movieline
Penetrating and subversive.
David Bezanson - Filmcritic.com
The movie is so replete with ideology that, if some of it gets lost, there's plenty more coming at you.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Prescient and sharply drawn
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Network (1976) is director Sidney Lumet's brilliant criticism of the hollow, lurid wasteland of television journalism where entertainment value and short-term ratings
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
A very black comedy.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine