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Overall Rating
3.36

Awesome: 27.54%
Worth A Look31.88%
Just Average: 13.04%
Pretty Crappy: 4.35%
Sucks: 23.19%

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Social Network, The
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Charles Foster Kane has not approved your friend request."
3 stars

There are twenty Erica Albrights on Facebook. At least three of them are fake, and at least one of them, I suspect, is an account created to promote "The Social Network".

Erica Albright, see, is the nonexistent-in-real-life college girl (played by Rooney Mara) who breaks what passes for Mark Zuckerberg’s heart in the movie’s opening scene. Erica Albright is, if you will, Zuckerberg’s Rosebud, the motivation for a bright kid to become a lonely billionaire. The Social Network, sharply written by Aaron Sorkin and directed at a blistering clip by David Fincher, is a good story well-told. But the accolades comparing it, as a cinematic achievement and not just in a thematic sense, to Citizen Kane are more than a little nuts.

Zuckerberg is played by Jesse Eisenberg, who pulls off something fairly tricky. Zuckerberg, in this film, shows very little emotion — he might be stirred to open disdain if sufficiently riled up. Eisenberg makes his face an impassive mask throughout, except when Zuckerberg is languishing in depositions, in which case he scowls the scowl of an entitled lad who can’t believe he’s being made to waste time niggling over legal issues with toads. I think he smiles maybe twice, when introduced to Napster creator and bad boy Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), who wants in on this new hot thing Zuckerberg’s put together called The Facebook. “Drop the ‘the,” Sean advises in passing. “Just Facebook. It’s cleaner.”

Eisenberg and everyone else in The Social Network (I keep wanting to type The Social Contract, and indeed Zuckerberg might sympathize with Rousseau’s “Man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains”) speak at roughly the speed of light, the better to strafe the audience with Aaron Sorkin’s hot-lead dialogue. The script, I take it, has little more than a passing acquaintance with what actually happened between Zuckerberg and his Harvard cronies; the film is positioned as a larger thing than an accurate transcript. “Is this a parable?” asks Zuckerberg when Sean Parker talks about the man who created Victoria’s Secret and killed himself because it went huge after he sold it. Maybe Sean’s story isn’t, but the one about Zuckerberg most definitely is.

It boils down to the good old bromide “Money can’t buy you love.” If you don’t want to go as far back as Citizen Kane, you need only look to the Beatles — whose “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” plays importantly at the end. In other words, if you’re living paycheck to paycheck and didn’t go to Harvard and wonder if you can afford braces for your kid, don’t feel bad; at least you have friends, unlike that poor bastard who made it possible for millions of people worldwide to connect but, as the movie would have it, sits alone with his equivalent of Charles Foster Kane’s deathbed snow-globe, a lap-top that he keeps refreshing. It’s a neat way to top off the movie. A little too neat. The Social Network stomps the gas and rockets along; it can be entertaining as hell, but if it were to slow down you might ask inopportune questions like, Why are we watching rich kids fight over percentages, or Why does the movie look so deathly drab as if this were fucking King Lear or something, or Why is this even a movie? Zuckerberg is basically Richie Rich without a Gloria. Duly noted, but it’s not the zeitgeist tragedy everyone is selling it as.

The film played well for me while it was playing — I wasn’t bored. But it’s far from the best movie I’ve seen this year — it isn’t even the best movie I’ve seen this week.

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User Comments

9/21/17 morris campbell very good imho 4 stars
3/04/15 stanley welles a spellbinding and compelling story with great performances and flawless direction 5 stars
8/14/14 Mario is the Best The Cat in the Hat is awesome! This movie is utter GARBAGE!! 1 stars
8/22/11 Annie G I was expecting something that would disappoint, but I was pleasantly surprised. 3 stars
6/05/11 Piz easily readable and more surface play than true intrigue. Still, a decent movie 4 stars
4/20/11 Maya Jewell I loved it. The characterization and dialogue got me. 5 stars
3/20/11 Guido Sanchez Interesting perspective, and while hollow, still captivating (perhaps because of the story) 4 stars
3/19/11 jessica edwards A good film, a little slow though 4 stars
3/12/11 Luis A very good film, would've enjoyed it more with less hype though 4 stars
3/05/11 Judith Ackerman Please mention that last line of the movie - I just want to gag 1 stars
3/02/11 J This review mentions nothing about the 'made up' plot, way to fail at background research 2 stars
2/19/11 RePTaR Interesting angle on the new Internet start up wave, but it lacked real conflict. 4 stars
2/13/11 Alex Gagnon My boyfriend said he thought it was pretty good.. I haven't seen it myself though! 4 stars
2/12/11 mr.mike Much better than I expected. 4 stars
2/11/11 C Lakewood Emotionly disengaging. Have way through thought "I never want to see this movie again." 2 stars
2/08/11 David Chiozza It is a very good film, but I have to say that I believe it to be rather overrated. 4 stars
2/07/11 Joseph Odle Fincher admitted story was hardly true. This film does nothing new for movies at all. 2 stars
1/24/11 Andrew Not engaging at all. It is as flat as soda over a month old. 1 stars
1/23/11 bill norris Timberlake- quite the actor as well. 4 stars
1/22/11 Beverley M Sporck Interesting to follow the beginnings and path of facebook. 4 stars
1/19/11 Martin I enjoyed it. The acting was good. 4 stars
1/15/11 GEORGE B. FEIST Amazing and Jesse at his BEST EVER. Dialogue is over the top 5 stars
1/15/11 facebook sucks fuck facebook 1 stars
10/20/10 Monday Morning Always interesting but with no humanity or emotion - both required for a great story. 4 stars
10/19/10 Justin Probably the most overrated movie I've ever seen. 3 stars
10/19/10 Mike A story superbly told! 5 stars
10/17/10 kc lame and superficial 1 stars
10/15/10 Suzz just a very average film that's seriously over hyped 3 stars
10/14/10 fred Boring Bad acting Over-rated I hated it 1 stars
10/13/10 Yal e Freedman The Social Network is a fascinating look at the creation and legal dilemmas surrounding the 4 stars
10/09/10 turner what's the point about a movie about facebook 1 stars
10/08/10 Sheila B Completley engaging, if you can keep up with the dialogue.Tells a great story w/great music 5 stars
10/06/10 taylor stupid propoganda film (absolutely pointless) 1 stars
10/05/10 PAUL SHORTT FASCINATING, WELL MADE, RIVETING DRAMA WITH GOOD PERFORMANCES 5 stars
10/04/10 millersxing Why didn't Fincher drop the "The" from the title...sooooooooo uncool. 4 stars
10/04/10 Bob Dog Tedious, repetitive, pointless. 1 stars
10/04/10 killer rubbish pointless movie 1 stars
10/04/10 Simon Brilliantly loaded topical film of Sorkin writing nuggets,tho rapid-fire style not for all 5 stars
10/03/10 Mary Mcmurray I liked it. It portrayed Zuckerberg in a bad light but I'm sure he could care less as he lo 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  01-Oct-2010 (PG-13)
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