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Explore the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomenon of the new century, was invented -- through the warring perspectives of the super-smart young men who each claimed to be there at its inception.
Drama - While this is a film about the creation of social networking giant
Facebook, this is not a film skewed toward young adults but a serious
drama pitched toward older viewers. This is a major showcase for lead
Jesse Eisenberg and fans of Justin Timberlake should enjoy his flashy
supporting role. Language and mature subject matter make the film
inappropriate for kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good This is the 2010 Oscar season's first drama to live up to the hype and expectations associated with it.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent "The Social Network" is a great film not because of its dazzling style or visual cleverness, but because it is splendidly well-made.
USA TodayFull Review Excellent Garfield is terrific, conveying Saverin's palpable sense of betrayal, and Justin Timberlake skillfully embodies slick Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who takes Zuckerberg under his highflying wing.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 81 moviegoers:
TEENS:Four of the six males loved "The Social Network." Two rated it average. The females rated it exactly the same.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Six of the seven males enjoyed this movie very much with most loving it. The three females also enjoyed it very much.
ADULTS:These are very good reviews from both the males and females, but they aren't quite great reviews. The problem is that there are a fair number of average and lower reviews, so a small percentage of you may be somewhat disappointed. Fortunately, most of you will enjoy "The Social Network" very much.
Drawn from multiple sources, the film moves from the halls of Harvard to the
cubicles of Palo Alto as it captures the visceral thrill of the heady early days
of a culture-changing phenomenon in the making -- and the way it both pulled a
group of young revolutionaries together and then split them apart. In the midst
of the chaos are Mark Zuckerberg (JESSE EISENBERG), the brilliant Harvard
student who conceived a website that seemed to redefine our social fabric
overnight; Eduardo Saverin (ANDREW GARFIELD), once Zuckerberg's close friend,
who provided the seed money for the fledgling company; Napster founder Sean
Parker (JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE) who brought Facebook to Silicon Valley's venture
capitalists; and the Winklevoss twins (ARMIE HAMMER and JOSH PENCE), the Harvard
classmates who asserted that Zuckerberg stole their idea and then sued him for
ownership of it.
Each has his own narrative, his own version of the Facebook story – but they add
up to more than the sum of their parts in what becomes a multi-level portrait of
21st Century success – both the youthful fantasy of it and its finite realities
One drunken night in October of 2003, having just broken up with his girlfriend,
Mark hacks into the university's computers to create a site that forms a
database of all the women on campus, then lines up two pictures next to each
other and asks the user to choose which is "hotter.” He calls the site Facemash,
and it instantly goes viral, crashing the entire Harvard system and generating
campus-wide controversy over the site's purported misogyny, and charges that
Mark, in creating Facemash, intentionally breached security, violated copyrights
and violated individual privacy. Yet in that moment, the underlying framework
for Facebook is born. Shortly after, Mark launches thefacebook.com, which will
spread like wildfire from one screen to the next across Harvard, through the Ivy
League to Silicon Valley, and then literally to the entire world.
But in the chaos of creation comes passionate conflict -- about how it all went
down, and who deserves recognition for what is clearly developing into one of
the century's signal ideas –conflict that will divide friends and spur legal
To forge a palpable sense of that fog of creation, of history still being
written, Sorkin and Fincher collaborated on a carefully constructed, non-aligned
storytelling style that intentionally does not choose sides. Instead, the film
presents a consortium of equally tricky narrators – each of whom believes he is
in the right and that his particular memories are the truth of the matter –
while leaving the larger questions of what really happened entirely open for the