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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Whether outsiders will find much to appreciate in The TV Set is another question because the film fails to provide the thematic resonance of similarly themed predecessors like the brilliant "Network."

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The TV Set skewers the television industry in a manner that occasionally feels familiar and at other times is humorously incisive.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    For all its bright writing, TV Set is contrived and predictable, another morality lesson from a poisoned pen telling us what we've heard before.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Smart, funny and authentically terrifying. It's a comedy that explains how network television succeeds in being so horribly awful.

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    If only for the comedy glory of Sigourney Weaver as a TV network president who confuses acid reflux with gut instinct, this very smart, very funny movie about the making of a network sitcom is a cut-glass gem of a showbiz conceit.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Sharky, cynical look at TV world needs more bite.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this indie comedy is a candid, insider look at Hollywood -- specifically the TV industry. And nearly everyone behaves badly: Lying is par for the course, swearing is common, stupidity trumps quality, and the writer doesn't necessarily get a happy ending. There's also some sexual content, smoking, and drinking amid all the backbiting and cynicism.

  • Families can talk about what they think the TV industry is really like. How accurate do you think the movie is? How do shows get made? How do they get picked to go on the air? Does taste dictate what goes on TV, or do shows help shape the public's taste? Why are reality TV series so compelling? Are networks "dumbing down" TV?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Couples fall apart; a writer, forlorn over having sold out, begins popping painkillers. Almost all of the Hollywood players lie.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Nothing of note. Though it's obvious that selling out is painful. ...

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual banter and some kissing. An actress undresses in the wardrobe trailer.

  • language false5

    Language: This is Hollywood, and its inhabitants like to play it blue. "S--t" and "f--k" are de rigueur.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Because the movie's about making TV shows, series' names are bandied about with abandon, as are some luxury products that Hollywood types tend to indulge in (Mercedes, Passat, etc.).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinks abound at gatherings, smokers light up, and the lead character pops pills.