The Social Network review scores have been unparalleled for 2010. In fact, The Social Network review ratings may be the highest for any live action, major studio movie in a long time. Usually, scores in the upper 90s from both Rotten Tomatoes and Meta Critic are reserved for Pixar films, or Oscar-bait independent movies. However, this is a film that its most passionate fans have already compared to Citizen Kane, at least in structure. Although The Social Network review responses may not hold up at a Kane-like level in 10-20 years, they are extremely high by today’s standards.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is up to 98 percent positive, with only three negative reviews out of 148. According to the Rotten Tomatoes charts, this ties it for the third best reviewed film of the year, with How To Train Your Dragon. Toy Story 3 is at second with a 99 percent positive rating, while a foreign film called Henri-George Clouzot’s Inferno has 100 percent, but with only 24 reviews.
Clearly, The Social Network review ratings are the highest for a live action film released by a major studio in 2010. What’s more, it is at the upper echelon of major American films in this decade, as only the likes of Up, The Wrestler, The Hurt Locker, The Incredibles, Sideways, Finding Nemo and others have risen this high.
Rotten Tomatoes isn’t the only place where The Social Network review count has reached historic heights. On Meta Critic, the film has an average score of 97 out of 100, from 40 major critics. 28 of them have given perfect scores, with the lowest being a 70 from the Village Voice. In fact, Meta Critic’s all-time list has the movie tied for 15’th overall, with films like 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and the original Robin Hood and Producers.
Ranking a movie alongside ancient classics might seem premature, especially since this one just got released today. Since this particular film is so immediate to today’s generation, who knows if future ones will rank it so highly. And of course, no matter how high The Social Network review scores are, they likely won’t be the deciding factor at the Oscars.
Yet many past all-time classics barely got any awards themselves, so the Oscars may not determine the movie’s future worth. The audiences ultimately will, since all of these early raves have come from critics – but starting today, regular viewers will have their say,
For fans of Facebook, David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin and Justin Timberlake, and the new fanbases for Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, The Social Network review buzz suggests that they will devour the movie. Even people that don’t like Facebook and its impact – like Sorkin himself – are promised that they will be gripped by the film.
Although the early review numbers suggest that this is the film of the decade, The Social Network will have its true place in history determined over the next five months, and beyond.
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Meta Critic- “Movie Releases By Score”