4 stars out of 4 -- "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."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (09/29/2010)
5 stars out of 5 -- "With a thieves den of borderline-Shakespearian characters, a wickedly literate screenplay, potent direction by David Fincher, an exceptional ensemble cast and subject matter that speaks to a generation and beyond, THE SOCIAL NETWORK is mesmerizing."
Box Office - Pete Hammond (09/17/2010)
"[A] fleet, weirdly funny, exhilarating, alarming and fictionalized look at the man behind the social-media phenomenon Facebook..."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (10/01/2010)
"Eisenberg's career has been building to this bravura performance....With a disquieting stare and a string of acerbic comments tumbling from his mouth, he exudes neurotic intelligence."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (10/01/2010)
"[A]nchored by a perfectly pitched performance by Jesse Eisenberg, THE SOCIAL NETWORK is a barn-burner of a tale that unfolds at a splendid clip."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (10/01/2010)
"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."
Wall Street Journal (10/01/2010)
4 stars out of 4 -- "THE SOCIAL NETWORK is a hard-charging beast of a movie with a full tank of creative gas that keeps it humming from start to finish."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (09/30/2010)
"[T]he film's crisp, dark images, plus an eerie ambient score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, create an unsettling divide between words and action, as if everyone's talking about unstoppable events set in motion long ago." -- Grade: A-
A.V. Club - Keith Phipps (09/30/2010)
"[A] seemingly modest picture that achieves something close to greatness the old-fashioned, slow-burning way: By telling a story with faces, dialogue and body language of all time, from awkward to swaggering."
Movieline - Stephanie Zacharek (09/27/2010)
"The production is the best studios can offer....[With] Jeff Cronenweth's fluid, sparkling cinematography and Donald Graham Burt's pinpoint-accurate production design..."
Hollywood Reporter - Kirk Honeycutt (09/21/2010)
"THE SOCIAL NETWORK has everything you want in a thriller for the brain: huge doses of ego and duplicity, corporate backstabbing, and some very layered performances."
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (09/29/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's Eisenberg's performance that captivates -- icky and icy but strangely sympathetic."
Total Film - Andy Lowe (09/29/2010)
4 stars out of 4 -- "With surgical precision, exhilarating insight and considerable storytelling flair, they make Zuckerberg both a metaphor and a lens through which to understand contemporary culture."
Washington Post (10/01/2010)
"[T]he film's rhythmic perfection, both in terms of dialogue exchanges and in the matter of building up dramatic tension within a relatively intricate three-part time structure, makes this by far the best realised Sorkin script to date....THE SOCIAL NETWORK is a classic..."
Sight and Sound - Henry K. Miller (11/01/2010)
"Fincher's direction is a model of coherence and discipline, relying on the traditional virtues of camera placement and editing to tell the story....More than anything else, THE SOCIAL NETWORK is a feast of great talk..."
Variety - Justin Chang (09/21/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Zuckerberg is played here by Jesse Eisenberg, who is simply superb as the conflicted genius, an emotionally isolated, social-climbing outsider with an unpredictable set of motivations and allegiances."
Empire - Damon Wise (10/15/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "This is a surprisingly energised account of the birth of Facebook and the extraordinary trajectory of its founder..."
Uncut - Michael Bonner (12/01/2010)
Included in USA Today's "10 Best Films Of 2010" -- "[P]rovocatively explored by director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (12/31/2010)
Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2010" -- "Don't be afraid of friending THE SOCIAL NETWORK. It might just open your eyes beyond your computer screen."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (12/24/2010)
Included in Roger Ebert's "The Best Films of 2010" -- "Some films observe fundamental shifts in human nature, and this is one of them."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (12/16/2010)