The Social Network has everything you want in a thriller for the brain: huge doses of ego and duplicity, corporate backstabbing, and some very layered performances.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Fincher and Mr. Sorkin offer up a creation story for the digital age and something of a morality tale, one driven by desire, marked by triumph, tainted by betrayal and inspired by the new gospel: the geek shall inherit the earth.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Brilliantly directed by David Fincher, this provocative film probes the impetus for invention, the changing face of social interaction and the limits of friendship -- the old-fashioned kind and the version linking 500 million Facebook users.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
What looks on paper like a static series of dead-end conversations comes to life as a vital, engaging, even urgent parable for our age.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
On the level of craft, the movie's just absurdly enjoyable.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The Social Network succeeds, per journalism's most basic directive, in showing not telling. And like great journalism, a great film can capture the reality of the present -- and even make art out of it.
Eric Hynes - Village Voice
The Social Network's first act is its best -- a hellishly precise youth movie rattling along on a clamor of computer jargon.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Weeks after seeing it, moments from it will haunt you.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
This account of Facebook's founder, and of the website's explosive growth, quickly lifts you to a state of exhilaration, and pretty much keeps you there for two hours.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Somehow the results come together like the perfect status update.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
The Social Network shares creative DNA with a handful of classic, zeitgeist-savvy films like Network and All the President's Men, as well as more recent fare such as The Insider and Michael Clayton.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The film swaggers with a bravado born of insecurity...
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
Rushes through a coruscating series of exhilarations and desolations, triumphs and betrayals, and ends with what feels like darkness closing in on an isolated soul.
David Denby - New Yorker
David Fincher's film has the rare quality of being not only as smart as its brilliant hero, but in the same way. It is cocksure, impatient, cold, exciting and instinctively perceptive.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
An unlikely marriage of directorial and writerly sensibilities has produced one of the most stimulating films of the year.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Watching The Social Network, the real Zuckerberg may feel as if someone has hacked into his Facebook account and changed his profile picture.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
It's astonishing that a movie mostly set in front of computer screens and in deposition rooms, a movie where the end is already known, has the hold of a suspense film.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Fincher gives the story the vitality and clear, coherent tension of a thriller.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
There's a cool precision and honesty to The Social Network, the story of the founding of Facebook, which guarantees its entertainment value even as it limits its emotional impact.
Tom Long - Detroit News
With The Social Network, director David Fincher has come up with a movie that, in telling the turbulent story of whiz-kid Mark Zuckerberg's creation of Facebook, isn't just compelling. It's great.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The Social Network combines a multitude of impressions and conflicting first-person accounts in a trajectory that is refreshingly coherent.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Continues Fincher's fascinating transition from genre filmmaker extraordinaire to indelible chronicler of our times.
Justin Chang - Variety
It's the finest film in many years to open the New York Film Festival.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It may be the year's best movie.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Everyone involved went out and made the film they were trying to make, and it's often funny and generally captivating.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Fincher makes his saga both mesmerizing and fun. Although he moves forward with a constant, pulsing momentum and never stops, in doing so he accurately represents the thrill of sudden inspiration.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
On a first viewing, it seems almost indecently smart, funny and sexy. The second time around... half the time I sat there marveling at the similarities of the story, themes and structure to Citizen Kane.
Todd McCarthy - indieWIRE
It has the staccato wit of a drawing-room comedy, the fatal flaw of a tragic romance and the buzzy immediacy of a front-page headline, all powered by a kinetic engine typically found in an action flick.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Is The Social Network one of the fall season's best big movies? Without question.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
What a joy to sit in a theater and be engaged, surprised, challenged, amused.
Dana Stevens - Slate
This is the 2010 Oscar season's first drama to live up to the hype and expectations associated with it.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A mesmerizing, bewildering and infuriating protagonist makes this movie about Facebook's creation a must-see.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Just as you can't stop yourself from checking into Facebook more than once a day, you'll find yourself drawn to The Social Network again and again. It's easily one of the year's best.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
A film this rich emits all kinds of literary and cinematic reverberations.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Thanks to David Fincher's straightforward direction, Aaron Sorkin's Oscar-level script and a half-dozen sharp performances, this is one of the best movies of the year.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Smartly written by Aaron Sorkin, directed to within an inch of its life by David Fincher and anchored by a perfectly pitched performance by Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network is a barn-burner of a tale that unfolds at a splendid clip.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The film keeps teasing at bigger themes when it's really drivel.
Martin Tsai - Critic's Notebook
What a terrific movie!
A giddy, two-hour rush of hot-blooded vertiginous dialogue and cucumber-cool cinematic curlicues.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
It captures the essence of selfishness and treachery, all under the guise of creating a system geared toward making it easier for college kids to get laid. And sure enough, in the end, just about everybody gets screwed.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
The Social Network is a spellbinding and compelling story with top notch performances and flawless directing.
Matt Joseph - We Got This Covered
Fincher keeps the movie's tech-y elements on the periphery, focusing instead on the time-honored dramatic elements of isolation, determination, avarice and betrayal.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
The Social Network is splendid entertainment from a master storyteller, packed with energetic incident and surprising performances.
Scott Foundas - Film Comment Magazine
The movie that shows you just what being "the smartest guy in the room" will get you.
Roger Moore - Movie Nation
Aaron Sorkin's amazing script and several great performances make this one of the best movies of 2010.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
The Social Network may not turn out to be the definitive movie made about the plugged-in generation, but it's a pretty good start.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Fincher's keen eye for direction and Sorkin's sharp script make this worth seeing for fans and non-fans of [Facebook] alike.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Director David Fincher seems drawn to these stories of misguided rebels who become monsters in their attempts to reorder the world.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Image
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Even if you've never touched a computer in your life, you'll find plenty to be fascinated by in this movie, as it shows that, whilst technology may be moving fast, the human capacity for hubris will always remain the same.
Laurence Boyce - The Baltic Times
... A classic American story of capitalism and greed, friendship and betrayal, fueled by envy and lost innocence ...
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
At last, a movie you can actually discuss afterward. And not just on Facebook or Twitter. No, you'll want to chew it over in person, with friends, for hours.
It's hard work making a character you don't like into a character you don't like, but can still respect.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Perhaps we've become a world of Mark Zuckerbergs and it's clear that these filmmakers don't like it one bit.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
It's part Citizen Kane, part Goodfellas, part Revenge of the Nerds and the most entertaining film you never knew you would want to see.
Dave White - Movies.com
I've read a lot about The Social Network at this point, mostly raves about how it supposedly captures The Way We Live Now, but no one has really zeroed in on how deliberately alienating it is.
Dan Callahan - House Next Door
You wouldn't think that [Fincher & Sorkin's] talents would gel, yet their collaboration on The Social Network is brilliant ... a gripping tale of ambition and envy, betrayal and resentment.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
That the project is not only a success but one of 2010′s best films is a testament to Fincher's talent as a director and his seemingly perennial ability to surround himself with incredibly astute, like-minded collaborators.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Almost certainly deliberately indebted to [Citizen] Kane, a quality that wordlessly speaks to Zuckerberg's own inflated ego.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
he Social Network occupies a gray area, in which everybody's perspective is in question, and most of the main characters slip into self-serving, subjective realities. ... an ingenious way to tackle a very curious, contemporary case
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
There's a real mischievousness to David Fincher's approach.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Enormously entertaining, thought-provoking and fascinating despite a flawed, possibly biased screenplay.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
The merits of Facebook can be debated; the merits of The Social Network are undeniable.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Directed with typical technical fastidiousness and textural richness by David Fincher from a verbally dexterous script by Aaron Sorkin...
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
An intellectual property battle ripped from today's headlines that feels like a cyber-thriller, yet it never once turns into a heavy-handed message movie.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
An invigorating and vital film.
Aaron Yap - Flicks.co.nz
The genesis of Facebook as weepy bromance
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
A relevant exploration in to the changing of communication and socializing through a man who built an empire around the inability to tell people how he really felt...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Snappy script, sharp editing, eerily perfect soundtrack and nuanced performances. One of the first films to articulate the psychological power and draw of the internet: what it feeds us and why we feed on it
Marc Fennell - Triple j
Just how much of the story is really true is anyone's guess but the brilliant script and Eisenberg's performance make it worth seeing in any case.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
The need to belong drives the men behind a revolution in the slick biopic The Social Network.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
The great irony is that the biggest player in the social networking boom proved to be someone so socially retarded he borders on sociopathic at times.
Matt Neal - The Standard
I'm really not making this up. My best friend Emily called me half an hour before I left to see 'The Social Network.' And guess what she wanted to know? 'This woman who went to high school with us wants to friend me,' she said. 'Do you remember her?'
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Fincher and Sorkin, who clearly acknowledged that the meat of the plot was in examining the diverse characters involved, are to be applauded.
Richard Kattan - Future Movies UK
The Social Network's portrait of Zuckerberg, replete with the jerky rhythms and constant scanning of the truly net addicted, epitomises that change. For that, and some very fine drama indeed, this film is a must-see.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
It's a credit to the combined efforts of Fincher and Sorkin that the dramatic tension can (more than once) culminate in the refreshing of a website.
Fiona Williams - sbs.com.au
This is a beautifully made film by David Fincher with a superb screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Like Zuckerberg, Fincher excels at data management, delivering vast amounts of information with the utmost clarity and speed.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
This masterful, contentious and gripping biopic downloads us deep inside the control-alt-delete mind of the creator of Facebook, and then throws away the escape key.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Wherever the truth lies, The Social Network is an innately compelling, beautifully crafted insight into the emergence of a global phenomenon and the disintegration of a rare friendship.
Jim Mitchell - Trespass
A film of our times that captures the spirit of a generation that isn't prepared to wait their turn or pay their dues and instead will make the opportunities for themselves or tear it away from the less ambitious.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
It doesn't take but a few minutes into the film for us to realize we're not only watching Fincher's strongest film to date, but the year's as well.
Frank Wilkins - Frank's Reel Reviews
This picture helps convey the significance of the social media revolution; the one that simultaneously brings us together and tears us apart. The Social Network is scarily good. It gets us.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
In a superlative example of art-imitating-life, there was definite alchemy at work on the set of The Social Network...nothing short of a masterpiece.
Alice Tynan - Concrete Playground
It's a shamelessly biased account, as well as a seductively plausible one, although you have to keep your wits about you to get the full effect.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Fincher has delivered his best work since Seven. An even better period drama than Zodiac and even more relevant to our generation today than Fight Club.
Scott Henderson - The Vine
Clever, cutting and debateable, The Social Network should inspire discussion -- most likely played out on Facebook -- for months to come.
Julian Shaw - FILMINK (Australia)
Fincher has constructed a wonderfully balanced tale of a young narcissistic genius in want of status and recognition.
Patrick Kolan - IGN Movies AU
There's a lot to like, yet The Social Network lacks a strong emotional core that is integral to making a good drama truly great.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Not quite a biopic (inventor Zuckerberg is but 26 years old) and not quite a character study, the movie is best thought of as the portrait of an asshole as a young man.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Ultimately it transcends the online world. This is an age-old story of an ambitious person who is able to accomplish much, but loses sight of what's really important.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
A drama of Shakespearean proportions, with the key protagonists all flawed and found wanting
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
It's a bit like getting the scoop and the dirt behind the story, as we watch history unfold before our eyes. Filled with megabits of tension, the story flies at a rapid pace
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
El habil guion de Aaron Sorkin y la dinamica direccion de David Fincher logran un relato entretenido, que ofrece una vision ambigua - aunque piadosa - del creador de Facebook.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
A riveting, era-defining picture that is guaranteed to make you feel very stupid in comparison and very, very poor.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
An exhilarating, absorbing, fast-moving drama detailing the ugly, angry clash of the old world with the new.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
...an incredibly solid drama that has plenty to offer both computer buffs and neophytes alike.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
In his first venture over to the dark side, the central performance by Jesse Eisenberg is a revelation. It's Oscar-worthy stuff.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
An anti-charismatic Charles Foster Kane with social issues, class status anger, and homoerotic panic.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
It gets no better than this.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The Social Network is technically flawless, powered by Fincher's dazzling direction...
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
David Fincher's fast-paced business drama adopts the set-up of his 1999 film Fight Club and inverts it.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
It's still a little early to start making Oscar noise, but I can see "The Social Network" nabbing several come early next year, including nods for Eisenberg and Timberlake.
Michael A. Smith - Moviehole
Despite the fun of the parties, the intrigue of the legal wranglings and the humour of the dialogue, Fincher and Sorkin never let us forget that we're complicit in their story (or at least 500 million of us are).
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
Business hasn't been this exciting since Gordon Gekko's first outing.
Jonathan Williams - Little White Lies
It's riveting stuff...
Trevor Johnston - Radio Times
It's Eisenberg's performance that captivates -- icky and icy but strangely sympathetic.
Andy Lowe - Total Film
Despite all of the betrayal, court cases and double crossing, let's be honest, no-one really cares about the founding of Facebook, but in the hands of David Fincher, however, The Social Network is something of a masterpiece.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
While it does not really live up to the hyperbolic reviews, this is still a fascinating look at the craft of computer programming and the ostensibly boring question of intellectual property. Of course, it helps that the script is more fiction than fact.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
El boton de "Me gusta" ha sido presionado. Muchas veces, y con fuerza.
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
The story of Facebook is given a dramatic twist by the combination of Sorkin's brainy script and Fincher's brawny direction. What emerges is the tale of a computer nerd who only understands relationships if they're online.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A rare and vital film that nails the concerns of privileged post-adolescence in the first few years of the 21st century, and, more universally, draws out eternal themes of truth, subjectivity and envy with an effortless elegance.
Catherine Bray - Film4
A timeless story of friendship and betrayal which illustrates how our appetite for more can become insatiable, regardless of the consequences.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Fincher melds The Social Network into a riveting study on the perils of power and money, flipping Zuckerberg from socially-maladjusted college student into a young man governed by obsession, greed and entitlement.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
The film is almost nothing but scenes of people sitting over glowing screens, or in lawyers' offices, or in bars/diners/clubs. Yet it never seems sedentary. The jabber is intensive.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Like. Poke. Share.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Polish up the Oscar and get ready to give it to Eisenberg, an actor whom most people have never seen before.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Put it in a double bill with Zodiac and I might just cry myself to sleep with amazing.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Brilliantly directed, superbly written and impeccably acted, this is a hugely enjoyable, era-defining drama that's gripping, laugh-out-loud funny and ultimately moving -- it's also one of the best films of the year.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The film is...kind of like a portrait of Now.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
A rich, understated character drama that gleefully exposes the petty playground politics at the centre of one of the internet-era's most bitter court cases.
Damon Wise - Empire Magazine
Tells an impressive story in an accomplished way about genius and intellect, the corrupting power of greed and pride, and about paying for poor behavior, intentional or otherwise.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
The Social Network s'impose deja comme une oeuvre majeure d'une decennie qui ne fait pourtant que commencer.
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
You can pencil Aaron Sorkin in for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar right now.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Facebook Founder an Enigma in The Social Network
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Jesse Eisenberg's Zuckerberg is a beautiful, fully textured child of the internet age.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
The Social Network is one of the movies for which 2010 will be remembered.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
I'm really not making this up.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
You?ll be watching in awe as Fincher weaves the scenes of this film together. There?s never a dull moment.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Fincher and Sorkin Have Created a Film Whose Truth is as Subject as it's Presented on Facebook Itself. A Dark, Entertaining Parable.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
A sympathetic examination of how this prickly character [Zuckerberg], and his desperate need for connection, led to an invention that allows millions to connect with each other.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
We have Facebook because some dude got dumped. I can believe that.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
A dizzyingly smart, confident, often riveting drama about the creation of the groundbreaking Web site.
Jon Frosch - France24
The Social Network may bore into its subject, rather than blow it up, but it has inviting style and depth. It's an adroit portrait of a revolutionary time that emboldened contact at the same time that it made it less meaningful.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Interesting, if unexceptional, but there are bothersome portrayals in the film that just don't ring true. It turns out the there is a good reason for this: these depictions are false. That is a problem.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Watching a movie with a snappy pace, whip-smart dialogue, and so many interesting things to say about where we are as a country right now is such a pleasure.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Manipulation is the heart of this film, both in the story being told, and by the filmmakers who molded the true story to fit their agenda.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
a virtuoso modern parable about greed, innovation, and betrayal, as well as a compelling portrait of how technology is changing the landscape of both business enterprise and interpersonal relationships
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Here?s a status update: Yes, controlling personalities with Napoleon complexes thrive on the Internet. Too bad this film seems to have been made by as well as about them.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
"The Social Network" has an unusually difficult task to pull off--it has to make computer programming exciting--and it does so with aplomb.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The Social Network is a sweeping look at the mind, our generation and era, and our future.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
A glib little morality tale dressed up in trendy togs, and it is to profundity what Facebook is to actual human interaction. But it?s undeniably appealing.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The film's real achievement stretches beyond the story. When we've all forgotten Facebook, The Social Network will remind us what it was to be part of the generation of Millenials.
Alissa Wilkinson - Christianity Today
Expresses that the most successful personalities are driven by a psychotic need to win.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
The underlying message in the films seems to be that if these guys just got laid more often we would never have had innovations like Napster and Facebook.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
A great director can take a great script and make a great movie out of any subject matter - such as the creation of Facebook
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The scariest screen villain in a half century, since Psycho's Norman Bates, given that this inscrutable creep actually exists in real life.
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
Eisenberg gives a performance so captivating that I could sit through the movie again, just to watch him.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
'Citizen Kane' for the impatient digital era, with that masterpiece's decades-spanning morality tale of loss, hubris, loneliness and revenge compressed into a few years, and with an ex-girlfriend named Erica instead of a sled named Rosebud...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The film played well for me while it was playing -- I wasn't bored. But it's far from the best movie I've seen this year.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The movie's lustrous, deep-focus frames and headlong pace are difficult to resist. Its an entertainingly cynical small movie.
Cool, fast, smart and sleek. It's also a surprisingly deep and almost painful reminder of the importance of a real social network - as opposed to, say, Facebook.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Bookmark this one on your must-see list.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
The Facebook flick is a kick-in-the-head tale of ambition, friendship and betrayal. Fincher and Sorkin turn hacking, blogging and coding into action scenes.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
I know I could tell you to 'accept' or 'like' or 'friend' this movie. Instead, I'm just going to tell you to go see it.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Fast-moving, engaging, and even exciting.
Even if you've never logged on to Facebook, you can still get caught up in the way The Social Network looks at issues of friendship, rivalry, inspiration, and the cutthroat nature of business.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
What happens when a director and writer hate their subject? A well made, but one dimensional hit piece.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Never before have coding and algorithms been so titillating.
Tim Basham - Paste Magazine
It is a great many things: a giddy comedy... a marvelous piece of top-shelf cinematic craftsmanship, a consideration of how communication works in a plugged-in world.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The movie may serve to bridge the huge Grand Canyon-like chasm between baby boomers on one side and Gen X and Y'ers on the other, stimulating meaningful discussions about values, viewpoints and ideas.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
A modern morality tale full of rich performances by a great young cast playing from a smart, canny script. The Social Network is one of the coolest, sharpest films of the year.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Makes a seemingly dry civil law suit story a fascinating sexy watch.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Like the screwball comedies and film noir staples of yore, The Social Network exhibits an extraordinary gift for gab.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Young adults in today's Entitlement Generation may come away from the film thinking that it's perfectly justifiable to be an a**hole and a misogynist, as long as you get into Harvard and come out a billionaire.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
[Network's rise and fall] relates to the classic gangster film narrative ... More directly, [the film] positions itself as a new Citizen Kane, with its protagonist reaching the heights of a communication empire.
Matthew Sorrento - Bright Lights Film Journal
The Social Network boasts enough great dialogue to fuel a half dozen Oscar-bait movies.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Much of the preliminary discussions about logarithms and formulas are merely geek-speak for most moviegoers, but because Fincher has weaved it all together in a hugely entertaining package, we don't care.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Multifaceted and Brilliant
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Eisenberg gives us a speeded-up rendition of his previous performances, but it fits. There's also fine cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth and softly pulsating music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Fantastic performances, compelling story for teens and up.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Give it a shot. Unlike Facebook itself, The Social Network has no real flaws.
Karina Montgomery - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A perfect package to document a bright young thing's meteoric rise and near-fall.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
As great as the film is, you can't overlook the fact that if you knew these people in real life you would block them on Facebook.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
The Social Network is more a meditation on right vs. wrong than a chronicle of the birth of Facebook and it is a more affecting film because of that.
Daniel Hubschman - Hollywood.com
The Social Network is one of the saddest movies ever made
D.K. Holm - Vancouver Voice
Easily ranks as one of the best films of 2010, and David Fincher's best work this side of Fight Club and Se7en.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
...A fascinating, absorbing film well worth friending.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
An utterly fascinating and compelling work that combines classical dramatic storytelling, a cutting-edge visual style and a steely intelligence equal to that displayed by any of its hyper-brainy characters
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
a self-important, narcissistic glorification of its own significance
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
...a fabulous post-modern fable.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
The chill that seeps through The Social Network... is a feature, not a bug: Zuckerberg's is a cold world, and Eisenberg's calculated detachment makes for an astonishingly sophisticated performance...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
David Fincher's smartly written, expertly told chronicling of the dawn of the Facebook era ... is just that compelling, that engrossing, that hard to resist. Kind of like a certain website I know.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
The cinematic union of Sorkin and Fincher for this their first collaboration is brilliant.
Paula Farmer - culturevulture.net
The best movie ever made about e-commerce, as well as the Internet itself.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
The story of a groundswell,of an unlikely collaboration between a product and its customers that upended not just the value propositions of Harvard, but of the pre-web economy
Steven Snyder - Techland
A tale of a social outcast turning the tables, or, if you can't join 'em, beat 'em. This is a valuable, flinty work of reflective zeitgeist, holding up a myriad of mirrors to our own wildly self-promotional selves.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
... it's flashy as hell given its subject matter. It also doesn't hurt that it's pretty good.
George Wu - culturevulture.net
Every aspect of the film, from Fincher's beautiful direction to Reznor's emotionally devastating score to each and every performance is absolutely stunning.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
... it's Eisenberg's performance that helps make Zuckerberg the most fascinating and complicated movie character since Daniel Day-Lewis' Daniel Plainview.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
None of these ideas is revolutionary, but The Social Network embeds them in a taut, intellectually exhilarating narrative in which daredevil dialogue simultaneously defines characters and obscures motivations.
Steven D. Greydanus - Christianity Today
Fincher is back to the sort of engrossing, immersive storytelling of his best work in Zodiac.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
One of the best of 2010. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Nonetheless, having made the occupants of the White House seem believably human in The American President and in The West Wing, Sorkin knows it's better to focus on his characters' hearts, no matter how black, than their coding fingers
Dan Lybarger - MovieMaker Magazine
Forget the guy who invented the Pet Rock or Jump to Conclusions Mat; Facebook is now the stick that every American dream is measured against. And "The Social Network" is surprisingly the stick that movies need to measure up to in 2010.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
There's a lot to "Like" about The Social Network.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
...an exciting parable about new millennium high tech, money and power.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
That is, the possible "openness" of Facebook here hinges on the definitive closed system embodied by this fictional Mark Zuckerberg.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Sorkin has stripped down the Facebook experience and presents the overlying and often unspoken commitment to its usage. How do others view us?
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
In the end, The Social Network is not so much about Facebook as it is about the complicated and tortuous social warfare that led to its birth.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
If you want to see an enthralling movie about business in the 21st century, forget about that stinker Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
You will know The Social Network is something very special from its first scene.
Charlie McCollum - San Jose Mercury News
Everyone in The Social Network is smart. Everyone in The Social Network is sarcastic. And that is big fun to watch.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The brilliance of Eisenberg's performance is that even when you want to slap his Zuckerberg silly you can't help but admire his creativity, his ambition and his almost religious dedication to the Internet's potential.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
David Fincher-who managed to make information-overload so gripping in Zodiac-is the ideal director for this story: He sweeps you up into its unexpectedly vibrant world.
Kurt Loder - MTV
[P]roof that Fincher's directorial verve can imbue virtually any tale with urgency, be it the search for a killer or the search for a killer app.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Despite the whiz-bang topicality, the headlong intelligence, and the many sharp collegiate scenes, this new-style movie hews pretty closely to an old-style playbook.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
You wouldn't think a movie about the creation of a website could be so enthralling, insightful, funny, and complex, but here we are.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin have put together a well-acted, intelligent, and compelling film that merits accolades as one of the best films of 2010.
Wilson Morales - AOL Black Voices
The best aspect of the movie is just how delightfully trashy it is. There are more "oh no he di-in't" moments than in an episode of Jersey Shore.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
The Social Network is a bland title for such a thrilling, ballsy, intelligent movie.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Hallelujah! Finally, a movie with the kind of dialogue we deserve!
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Lackluster, pedestrian, emotionally hollow and underwhelming despite exquisite cinematography and a timely, initially intriguing premise.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
The Social Network sees Fincher more ambitious in his narrative choices than ever before, his visual and thematic ideas seemingly multiplying uncontrollably within each frame.
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
The Social Network sets out to show you the genesis of a modern Rockefeller, Carnegie or Vanderbilt. In the 21st century, information is the new oil, the new steel. What hasn't changed is the mentality of the tycoon.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
The closest to a John Hughes film this generation will get, which is a huge compliment. But, 'The Social Network' is not the defining movie of a generation.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Fincher's approach to the socially significant creation that validated the lonely lives of a nation is to shoot it like he made Fight Club, a surreal dream of financial waste and delusion covered in a deep green and brown color scheme.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
Has a rhythm, or a pulse. ... You almost interact with the production as you would a stage play, as if the players can feed off your energy (and vice versa).
Sean O'Connell - Reelrave
Eisenberg is superb, playing not the real Mark Zuckerberg but the character created by Sorkin, hyper-alert and obtuse, his voice both taut and tremulous.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
It's not an easy time with this pompous crowd, but the feature encourages the venom to a mesmerizing level of engagement, turning legal woes and verbal abuse into a spellbinding sit.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
All of these misshapen odds and ends click together for one of the year's most satisfying films so far.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Possibly the film of the year. Much more than just a facebook movie.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Aiming for greatness and not quite making it, The Social Network will have to settle for solidly consistent. Most major studio releases should be so lucky.
A smart, literate, engrossing parable of genius, ambition, greed, treachery and inconclusive justice that says a good deal about a world undergoing technological revolution but still beset by the same old human problems.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
You may not want to live inside Mark Zuckerberg's head, you may not care for Facebook, but you'll be drawn into the world of the film utterly. It's a massive achievement.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
It's the classic American tale of success, power and greed, but one that's updated for the online generation -- like There Will Be Blood on apps.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
Densely written and expertly directed with performances that rank among the year's best...
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
Jesse Eisenberg is still recognizable as the kid who starred in "The Squid and the Whale" but Fincher's gotten a new level from the actor...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Even with his constantly affectless expression, Eisenberg gives Zuckerberg just enough vulnerability to make you not entirely hate him.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
The writing is strong, and the drama -- the drama of betrayal -- is ever present.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The Social Network is a film for now, even if in the realm of computer time 2003 seems like a lifetime ago. It's riveting entertainment, and a must-see.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
A fly-on-the-wall objective look at a personality who is at once public and unknowable, in metaphor for current instantaneous non-face-to-face madness.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Relies mainly on great dialogue and strong performances from its young cast to propel a story so riveting that it transcends the film's ugly reputation as The Facebook Movie.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
It's ironic that only a week after Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel came out, The Social Network schools the old man by absolutely nailing the new generation of rich jerkwads
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
It's Fight Club without Marla.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It's a smart bomb of a film that illustrates how technology and innovation influence human behavior.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
One of the many remarkable things about David Fincher's movie The Social Network is the constant realization, as you watch, that this movie should by all rights have been exceedingly dull.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
In the opening few minutes of The Social Network, all you see are two college kids yakking, and it's the most enthralling movie sequence of the year.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The Social Network is terrific entertainment - an unlikely thriller that makes business ethics, class distinctions and intellectual-property arguments sexy
Bob Mondello - NPR
In some ways Fincher, who has portrayed serial killers both fictional ('Seven') and real ('Zodiac'), has never presented a character as remorselessly vicious as the implacable cyberpunk.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Fincher has made quite a few terrific films, from Se7en to the underrated Zodiac. But this time he's outdone himself. The Social Network is riveting from start to finish, and a master class in directing.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Social Network sometimes relegates the actual effects of Facebook to passing lines of dialogue and offhand references. But there's plenty to explore in its causes, and Zuckerberg's story ends up feeling bigger than his own life.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
With spectacular performances, technical elements that are beyond criticism, and the best directorial work of Fincher's remarkable career, The Social Network is one of the best films of 2010.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
This is a remarkable film for more reasons than its antihero... It's a movie as much in the moment as your computer's home page, which for millions of users is Facebook.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
History as we know it is still unfurling, and The Social Network is that rare film that has something -- not yet definitive, but certainly provocative -- to say about it.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
The Social Network" is sharp, incisive, insightful and witty. It also touches upon our need -- some may say our addiction -- for human contact, even if it is through a computer.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
It's a tribute to Fincher and Sorkin that The Social Network ends up being more absorbing and nuanced than anyone could have hoped.
Andy Klein - Brand X
In its quiet way it's every bit as fascinating as Fincher's more self-consciously meaningful films.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The movie zips along at a quick pace, with caffeinated dialogue. Still, things get dull in the third act during the inevitable crash.
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
Cavalier when not in your face cocky, this Hollywood notion of a dumbed down, sexed up Harvard is less brainiac boot camp than Ivy League Club Med where nobody does homework. A hyper-capitalist homage to Facebook, and an infomercial in biopic clothing.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Despite the ceaseless yammering, The Social Network delivers the heady, rib-tickling rush of an action picture, and it gradually builds to an emotional wallop that blindsides you.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Like one of those fake-smart, middlebrow TV shows, the speciousness of The Social Network is disguised by topicality. It's really a movie excusing Hollywood ruthlessness.
Armond White - New York Press
So good it can make thrilling even the sight of people typing at computer keyboards.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
A fascinating story about the founding of Facebook and a classic fable about ambition, betrayal, greed, fame, envy, status and sex, the film is an absolute must-see for anyone, on Facebook or not.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
I had more fun watching "The Social Network" than I do snooping Facebook. Post a comment, tag your friends, like this post but get out and see this film!
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
An altogether mesmerizing tale, filled with unexpected dark humor, that plucks a lot of resonant strings about the Digital Age.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Given the remarkably literate, incisive and witty script by Aaron Sorkin, I can think of a half-dozen directors who could have hit this one out of the park.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
An unforgettable, conversation-provoking, ballsy film.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Because it tackles a big topic and has been made by an important director, critics have been working overtime to position it as some sort of defining film. It's not.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Through deft shooting and a brilliant orchestration of flashforwards and flashbacks, [Fincher and Sorkin] turn these potentially deadly scenes of legal sparring into a zesty narrative framework.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Addictively entertaining ... tremendously captures a detached-yet-connected Internet age in which people often remain friends online long after the real relationship has dissolved.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
It zips along, told mostly in flashback, and communicates the pure exhilaration of this momentous social gear-change with aplomb.
A riveting cinematic triumph that can be fairly described as the Citizen Kane of the 21st Century.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
We're talking the internet here, so The Social Network, an analysis of events that took place all of seven years ago, is an ancient history lesson. But it's an illuminating, thoroughly engrossing one. Thrilling, too.
Marc Lee - Daily Telegraph
David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin and a terrific ensemble of young actors reveal the (not quite) true story behind the Facebook phenomenon.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
The real surprise is that it's also great fun, beginning with a screenplay that represents [Aaron] Sorkin at his very best -- zippy, brainy, amusing, incisive.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
A sharply written tale expressing the irony that a man with five hundred million subscribers has nary a friend in the world.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
An astonishing morality tale about the shadow side of creativity, the loneliness of pioneers, and the ways in which anger can fuel ambition and power in a world ruled by technology.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It is a tremendous entertainment for adults.
David Poland - Movie City News
Fincher and his screenwriter, TV writer-god Aaron Sorkin, have made a seemingly modest picture that achieves something close to greatness the old-fashioned, slow-burning way: By telling a story with faces, dialogue and body language of all types.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Among this film's remarkable achievements is that fact that it is thrilling without a single gunshot, in your face without the benefit of 3-D.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
A portrait of the generational hero no one asked for, the world he changed by accident, and all the things his invention will never change no matter how hard we try.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
What you're left with is a host of issues far more stimulating than the movie raising them is.
Aaron Cutler - Slant Magazine
The Social Network is one of those movies that cares more about whether something "feels" real than whether it is.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Do movies ever attempt to analyze the entire weave of life? Now they do.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
Fincher segments and layers his material at a pace befitting the meteoric ascendancy of Facebook itself, and without the grandstanding that's sometimes marked his work.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
(VIDEO) Jesse Eisenberg does a better job than expected of fulfilling Zuckerberg's identity with an acid-tongued, fast-twitch cyberpunk attitude that wilts every lesser intellect around him.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Poignant, timely, and supremely mounted, Social Network captures the zeitgeist like no other film this year.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
This fascinating, astute 'Rashomon'-like tale is tantalizing, provocative and enthralling, never quite delineating the truth.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
an almost-great film whose cultural significance unfortunately outweighs its emotional substance.
Todd Gilchrist - Hollywood News
With a lot of help from Sorkin's (potentially Oscar-worthy) script, David Fincher has crafted his most humorous film since Fight Club.
Erik Davis - Cinematical
The Social Network is the movie of the year. If Coppola were into computers, this would be The Godfather.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
As socially significant to this generation as films like Network, All The President's Men and The Graduate were in their own time.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine