Six years after creating Facebook in his dorm room, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) becomes a billionaire, but his great success leads to personal and legal complications.
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Fincher gives the story the vitality and clear, coherent tension of a thriller. "
" The movie's lustrous, deep-focus frames and headlong pace are difficult to resist. Its an entertainingly cynical small movie. "
" 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). "
" Everyone involved went out and made the film they were trying to make, and it's often funny and generally captivating. "
" What a joy to sit in a theater and be engaged, surprised, challenged, amused. "
" Somehow the results come together like the perfect status update. "
" [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. "
" 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. "
" This is the 2010 Oscar season's first drama to live up to the hype and expectations associated with it. "
" The writing is strong, and the drama -- the drama of betrayal -- is ever present. "
" 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. "
" Weeks after seeing it, moments from it will haunt you. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" You will know The Social Network is something very special from its first scene. "
" Fincher and Sorkin's ironic essay on both the advances and decline in social networking "
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