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Critics Weigh In on The Social Network

Submitted by on September 15, 2010 – 6:37 pmNo Comment

With the nationwide premierie of The Social Network just weeks away (October 1, in case you forgot!), preliminary reviews are rolling in.  JT4Breakfast provides a preview of what the sometimes hard to please movie critics had to say:

From The Wrap:

Eisenberg is phenomenal. The other heavy hitter in the movie, believe it or not, is Justin Timberlake as Napster founder Sean Parker. Garfield is also very strong, and his performance here displays a range and a sympathy that bodes well for the “Spider-Man” reboot… Absorbing and hilarious and smart, “The Social Network” is a very old fashioned movie about a very new world. It’s the most accessible movie Fincher may have ever made… and I’m also excited to see it again… I walked out of it knowing that this was a damn fine film, but I suspect a second viewing may reveal it to be a great film, an “All the President’s Men” for the Farmville generation.”

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Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm:

“The Social Network” is Fincher’s best film since “Fight Club,” and it’s also my favorite movie of the year (so far)… After returning home from the screening, I was tempted to read the screenplay — that’s how good it is… Jesse Eisenberg perfectly captures the awkward and impassive qualities of Mark Zuckerberg… Andrew Garfield will win audiences over and Rooney Mara finally shows us why she was cast as the lead in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub of Collider:

“A masterpiece… one of the best films I’ve seen in 2010… Eisenberg’s performance is on another level. He delivers one of the best performances of the year… “The Social Network” proves two things: Justin Timberlake is great at whatever he does, and Andrew Garfield might turn out to be a pretty awesome Peter Parker. Both are better than you might expect… Aaron Sorkin’s script is great, and the opening scene alone is worth the price of admission… I think it’s some of the best work Sorkin has ever done… What’s really exceptional is that it never dumbs down the story… Fincher’s direction is brilliant, amazing, perfect. It proves he’s one of the best in the business… Fincher delivers a captivating film that had me engrossed from beginning to end.”

Erik Davis of Cinematical:

“The film opens with what will go down as one of the great break-up scenes of all time, and from there, Fincher rides Sorkin’s hilariously addictive script like a wild bull at a rodeo. It moves fast like a manic Internet surfer, and it never really lets you catch your breath. It’s a film about connecting, except you won’t really connect with anyone… Deliciously watchable… While the film’s greatest strength is that it moves at a hip, brisk pace, that’s also its greatest weakness… Jesse Eisenberg turns out a terrific performance as Zuckerberg… but we’re never able to connect with him or root for him since, in the end, it’s hard to tell whether Zuckerberg was a hero or a villain… Fincher clicks through story points so fast and aggressively that we never find the time to care about friendships being lost, or dreams being crushed… Both Garfield and Timberlake toss in decent-enough performances…

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