The Social Network : Do the critics "Like" Facebook The Movie?

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It looks as though Facebook will be getting a few new friends to add to the 500 million + they already have in the shape of a shed-load of movie critics. They’re all raving about “The Social Network”, the film based upon the early days and rise of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook network.

Though not endorsed by the website itself, the David Fincher movie, written by Aaron Sorkin, has took $23 million dollars in its opening weekend in the US, and achieved a 97% score on the notoriously picky Rotten Tomatoes movie review website.

Here are just a handful of gushing quotes from some top American film buffs.

“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.

“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.

“This is the 2010 Oscar season’s first drama to live up to the hype and expectations associated with it”
– James Barardinelli, ReelViews.

“You will know The Social Network is something very special from its first scene” – Charlie McCallum, San Jose Mercury 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.

“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.

The Social Network hits UK cinemas on October 15th.

Gerald Lynch

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