The Social Network movie review buzz reaches a climax today. With The Social Network now out, reviews are now pretty much all in for “The Facebook movie.” Soon enough, it could be better known as “The Oscar movie,” if most of the critics in America have their say. They have already made a big statement, giving the film perhaps the highest marks of the year for a live-action feature. Truly, The Social Network scores are an anomaly these days, as they knock on the doors of recent history.
On Rotten Tomatoes, there are only three negative reviews out of 117, for a 97 percent positive rating. The consensus reads: “Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its best.”
The only three Social Network ratings labeled rotten are from noted contrarians Armond White and Prairie Miller, as well as from “NYC Movie Guru” Avi Offer. But out of the major critics, practically every score is perfect or nearly perfect — which is especially notable at Meta Critic.
The Meta Critic ratings are taken from the top critics and newspapers in America, and are even more unanimous. The scores are at a nearly unprecedented 98 out of 100 on Meta Critic, with no negative reviews counted. The closest negative score they have is a 70 from the Village Voice.
Out of their 36 critics, 27 of them give perfect scores of 100, which even Pixar is hard-pressed to accomplish. In fact, their Social Network numbers are not only the highest of 2010, they tie for the 12th highest of all time on their site. The only recent films to come close are Pan’s Labyrinth; 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days;and Ratatouille.
Even the last several Oscar winners haven’t had high marks like this, and no live-action big studio film may have had these results in ages. Of course, that doesn’t automatically mean that the film will clean up at the Oscars, or even attract a large audience.
Thanks to these big reviews, The Social Network has become the Oscar frontrunner for now, although The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, Black Swan and others are still waiting for their wide release. It seems that no one — at least among the major critics — is doubting this film’s greatness, but will that stay the same five months from now?
At least more than half of the critics claim the film is perfect, with about 20 percent claiming it’s nearly perfect, and maybe 10-15 percent saying it’s merely good. The numbers speak for themselves, but now audiences will have their say starting today.
Rotten Tomatoes- “The Social Network”
Meta Critic- “The Social Network”