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Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Social Network - * * * 1/2

AndyO review: 4/4 stars

Metacritic: 95/100

This film -- as a story -- succeeds on almost every level. But the book it's based on, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, is full of inaccuracies and is poorly written (I read a sample on my Kindle and I couldn't even get through the first chapter). My worry is that over time this film might be seen as the official story of what happened with the founding of Facebook -- but I guess there are enough whistleblowers out there. If you want to see what I'm talking about with the inaccuracies, take a look at these stories:

The Ten Most Glaring Lies in The Social Network

Slate: Facebook Fakery - The Alternate Reality of Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network

So, I have mixed feelings about a brilliant film that appears to include a lot more fiction than fact.  




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