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Broadcast News Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    84

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Broadcast News has a lot of interesting things to say about television. But the thing it does best is look into a certain kind of personality and a certain kind of relationship.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    News is right, completely right, until it slips just a bit at the end.By that time it hardly matters because you've seen the best of the holiday films, as well as the most all-around entertaining movie of 1987 - a bittersweet media comedy-drama that surpasses its potential. [16 Dec 1987, p.1D]

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Broadcast News is the crispest, classiest entertainment; it has what Hollywood has been missing. [16 Dec 1987, p.8]

  • 90

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Sheila Benson

    Broadcast News is so diabolically clever that you rather expect it to be heartless, in the way that so much surface cleverness can be. No such thing. Heartless is the wrong word for this movie: It's insightful and understanding and marvelous fun, while giving up none of its thoughtfulness. [16 Dec 1987, p.1]

  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    The dialogue in "Broadcast News" is so quick and clever I wanted to see the movie again the minute it ended because I knew I couldn't have possibly caught it all. I caught most of it though, and certainly enough to know that this is one terrific movie. [15 Dec 1987, p.1]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Witty TV newsroom tale for mature comedy fans.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is heavy on dialogue and "grown-up" humor and a better choice for mature teens and up. Characters discuss journalistic ethics and pose occasionally existential questions about life, careers, love, and success. Sexual content includes rear male nudity and a discussion of date rape for a news story. Violence is mild with some background shooting during one journalist's field report. Characters are realistically flawed and self-absorbed, but work together in a supportive way.

  • Families can talk about whether this is an accurate depiction of TV journalism. Why does Jane get so upset when she learns Tom faked crying during a report? Do you think this type of reporting is more or less common today? Why does Jane, a producer with strong ideals, struggle with her attraction to Tom? Why is it hard for these characters to have "normal" personal lives? How do their personalities make them suited for this type of work?

The good stuff
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    Messages: After he gets beaten up in a schoolyard, a boy has a bloody mouth. Shooting erupts while a news crew reports on a rebel army in a Central American jungle. The news bureau does a special report on a Libyan plane that shot at an American base in Sicily.

What to watch for
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    Violence: After he gets beaten up in a schoolyard, a boy has a bloody mouth. Shooting erupts while a news crew reports on a rebel army in a Central American jungle. The news bureau does a special report on a Libyan plane that shot at an American base in Sicily.

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    Sex: A couple is shown in the bedroom after sex with a brief rear shot of the man. The shadow his erection makes on the wall is played for laughs. A man compares working with a woman to "great sex." Some propositions, kissing, and fondling, and plenty of sexual tension. A woman slips a package of condoms in her purse before going out for the night. A TV reporter covers a story on date rape; he interviews a victim who describes an attack.

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    Language: Some profanity, including "f--k," "damn," "ass," "hell," "asshole," "prick," "bastard," "goddamnit."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are shown drinking beer, wine, and cocktails. One character gets drunk in his home on "screwdrivers." A woman asks her date if he's OK to drive after they leave a restaurant; the scene implies that he has been drinking.

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