'Dazzling' Social Network Is 'Absurdly Enjoyable'

Critics still raving about the Facebook movie
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2010 7:25 PM CDT

On the eve of its opening, the Social Network continues to get serious love from reviewers. The Facebook movie's Rotten Tomatoes score is humming along at a 98% positive clip. Samples:

  • Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: It "quickly lifts you to a state of exhilaration, and pretty much keeps you there for two hours." The film "is devastating as biography—an unfriending of epic proportions—and dazzling as contemporary cultural history."
  • Ty Burr, Boston Globe: "On the level of craft, the movie’s just absurdly enjoyable." It "moves like a shark, but it’s hardly soulless." As Mark Zuckerberg, "Jesse Eisenberg comes of age as an actor."

  • Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: It "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."
  • Armond White, New York Press: In one of the few negative reviews to be had: "This is TV-trite. In The Social Network, creepiness is heroized."
(More The Social Network stories.)

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