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David Fincher’s “The Social Network” earns more raves

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: There are so many reviews of David Fincher’s “The Social Network” floating around the Internet, you’d think the anticipated drama about the birth of Facebook was opening this Friday.

It’s not. The official release date is Oct. 1, though Fincher’s film also opens this year’s New York Film Festival on Sept. 24. We already know former L.A. Weekly critic Scott Foundas loves the film. Now we’re hearing even more positive – like way over-the-top positive – reactions from a handful of web writers lucky enough to see the film.

Kris Tapley at In Contention calls it “the most culturally relevant film Scott Rudin has produced since 1998′s ‘The Truman Show.'” He praises Aaron Sorkin’s script and most of the performers, from Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg to Justin Timberlake. His take on the film is extremely positive.

Jeff Wells, for instance, left Toronto early for a New York screening of Fincher’s film but far from regrets the trip. “It’s the strongest Best Picture contender I’ve seen so far this year,” Wells writes, adding, “A movie might come along that’ll ‘beat’ The Social Network, but I can’t imagine right now what that might be, and I know whereof I speak. The contenders have been thinned and there are very few Best Picture contenders that seem anywhere near as good in a high-throttle, smart-ass sort of way. This is brilliant Fincheresque agitation, brilliant madness — the kind of movie that makes the struggle of my life seem worth it and then some.”

Then there’s Drew McWeeny at HitFix, who also loved Fincher’s work, praising, “This is an astounding film about one of the most important seismic shifts in communication in the modern age, and the way innovation and ethics are not often related.”

I’m going to stop there, but you don’t have to. There are more reviews floating around, and they are easy enough to find. I’m choosing not to. Sony is screening “Social Network” for me next week, and I don’t want to spoil the experience. Fincher is my favorite director working today. I’m expecting to love “Social Network,” and from the little bit I’ve read so far, it won’t let me down. Here’s hoping.

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