“The Social Network” is about a young man who possessed an uncanny ability to look into a system of unlimited possibilities and sense a winning move. His name is Mark Zuckerberg, he created Facebook, he became a billionaire in his early 20s, and he reminds me of the chess prodigy Bobby Fischer. There may be a touch of Asperger’s syndrome in both: They possess genius but are tone-deaf in social situations. Example: It is inefficient to seek romance by using strict logic to demonstrate your intellectual arrogance.
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…read more [Roger Ebert]
David Fincher manages to pull off two amazing feats with The Social Network. The first is that he has made a bio-pic that does not feel like a bio-pic. It is paced so well, and shot with such precision that even if it were not based on a real story, it would have been a great film. It helps that the subject is fresh and interesting, but there are a whole bunch of movies that are based on real events that do not come close to The Social Network. The second thing he does is to create a movie that does not have one specific character that you end up rooting for. He tells the story and leaves the interpretation to the audience of who is right, which is a bold decision. Odds are this movie will cause a dramatic spike in sales on books based on Facebook’s true origins from people that want to know more, and that is high praise for a bio-pic…read more [Digital Trends]
“This is our time!,” Justin Timberlake’s Sean Parker exults to Jesse Eisenberg’s Mark Zuckerberg by way of welcoming the Harvard Facebook creator to Silicon Valley, and the same thing can be said by everyone who had anything to do with “The Social Network;” David Fincher can make five more masterpieces, Aaron Sorkin can win an Oscar, Tony and 20 more Emmys; Timberlake, Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer and Mara Rooney can all be big stars for the next half-century, but it will rarely be as sweet as this, a film where not only does everything come together in a way that the whole is even bigger than the sum of its brilliant parts, but where the result so resonantly reflects the time in which it was made…read more [Todd McCarthy]
…One of the many reasons I dislike the “hugely entertaining” descriptor is that I don’t know exactly what it means. Entertaining to whom? And why? It seems to presume that whatever makes the critic sit there in the dark with a stupid grin is bound to have the same effect on everyone else.
That said, The Social Network works so well as a movie precisely because of how, whether calculated or not, it aims for a brand of entertainment that is at once comforting (even nostalgic) and excitingly new (even edgy). In this respect the film represents a triumph of producing more than anything else, as Scott Rudin and company have brought together talents that one wouldn’t necessarily expect to mesh… but they do, often spectacularly so…read more [Twitch]
“The Social Network” is deliciously vicious. Funny? Yes, but “acidic” fits better. The usually nicer Eisenberg, in a devilishly clever performance that turns tiny smirks into silent blades, transforms into a fiercely competitive enigma driven by resentment that protects his longing for acceptance. Addictively entertaining and ridiculously smart, the film features perfect turns from Garfield, Timberlake and Hammer while presenting friendly efforts in the context of a fallout. Through tart language and an honestly cynical look at how business can become so aggressively personal, “The Social Network” tremendously captures a detached-yet-connected Internet age in which people often remain friends online long after the real relationship has dissolved…read more [MetroMix Chicago]
The genius of The Social Network begins with the story that inspired it. The tagline on its poster, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies,” perfectly conveys the inherent dramatic irony; royal narcissist Mark Zuckerberg is today the champion of the web’s most popular socialization tool, Facebook.
It’s rich soil for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who imbues the material with his signature wit and a searing theatricality. Frankly, I’m not concerned with what small liberties his brilliant script took along the way — Not that even the most obscene inaccuracy could stymie the momentum he builds. The film is guiltier of embellishment than falsification, a crime for which he and director David Fincher should be awarded our highest praise. Fincher knocks this one out of the park with confident cinematography, nuanced performances from his cast, and layered storytelling that lends the film its surprising depth. On its surface, The Social Network is funny, brisk, and compelling, but underneath, it’s near rotting with angst…read more [Film Junk]
One can understand why a few of the real life subjects in The Social Network might be a bit ticked by their portrayals on screen. The new film from director David Fincher (Zodiac, Panic Room, Seven) certainly paints a less than flattering portrait of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and Napster creator Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). How much or how little is accurate is sure to be debated, but taken as a film itself, interested parties are sure to be captivated by this complex narrative.
What could have been some very dry material is presented ingeniously. After a brilliant but socially clueless (and lacking in much human empathy) Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg gets dumped, a drunken and revenge-fueled prank sets in motion an incredible series of events. The story jumps ahead several years to the numerous resulting lawsuits following the creation of Facebook, quickly establishing a tense environment…read more [News in Film]
What stops The Social Network from being unforgivable filth are the combination of Sorkin’s dialogue, which occasionally shines but once again has trouble differentiating between characters (much like his TV show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), and Andrew Garfield who plays Eduardo. Garfield does everything he can to give Eduardo emotional depth, but it’s all negated by the glib cynicism of Fincher. Garfield will go on to do bigger and better things, and it’s only a shame he’s have to be the next Spiderman to do so. The film does admittedly fly past but only due to the initial interest in knowing the law suits behind Facebook. Once known, I suspect few will want to return to it…read more [ScreenHead]
The Social Network info
Running time: 120 minutes
Jesse Eisenberg – Mark Zuckerberg
Andrew Garfield – Eduardo Saverin
Justin Timberlake – Sean Parker
Armie Hammer – Cameron/Tyler Winklevoss
Max Minghella – Divya Narendra
Genre: Drama, Biography
Official Movie Web Site: http://www.thesocialnetwork-movie.com/