The Social Network: The Next Citizen Kane?

Critics are already calling it a classic
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2010 7:12 AM CDT
In this publicity image released by Columbia Pictures, Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Joseph Mazzello are shown in a scene from "The Social Network."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, Merrick Morton)

(Newser) – Mark Zuckerberg already hates The Social Network—but after hearing the early reviews, he probably hates it even more. It doesn’t open until Friday, but critics are already calling "The Facebook Movie" a masterpiece, predicting an Oscar, and comparing it to Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Balzac, and Rashomon, the Daily Beast reports. Its Rotten Tomatoes score is 100%; some are calling it generation-defining; one even uses the term “Shakespearean.”

Yes, there’s the question of how much of the film is actually true—but “accuracy is now a secondary issue,” writes David Denby in an extensive New Yorker look at the film and its creators. David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin “have created a work of art.” Meanwhile, Sorkin and actor Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Zuckerberg, both give interviews to the Daily Beast in which they both say they kinda relate to the awkward Facebook founder: “The reaction of most people who see the movie,” Sorkin says, “is they want to give him a hug.”

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