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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The Net is a scary film that could have been terrifying but for something slightly earnest and plodding in director Irwin Winkler's attack. show more

  • 63
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    With admirable techno-savvy, the film upgrades the paranoia-propelled thriller and downloads it into the '90s. Reminiscent of a slew of films, including The Pelican Brief and The Fugitive, The Net - ploddingly directed by Irwin Winkler - is frustratingly average in almost every other respect, however. [28 July 1995, p.5D] show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Despite Angela's skills - and Bullock's charms - director Irwin Winkler's film is so pedestrian that his movie has all the thrills of a school crossing. show more

  • 60
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Steeped in high-tech paranoia, Winkler's film has a nice kinetic energy, effectively portraying the extent to which computers have become an intrinsic part of our lives. The screenplay, however, for which Winkler shares credit with four others, feels like watered-down John Grisham. [24 July 1995] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This stuff is so concocted I had no business caring about it. But I did, because of Bullock. show more

  • 75
    Stephen Hunter Baltimore Sun

    It's exciting and satisfying, even if the chief villain isn't terribly original and the chase scenes are overlong. Bullock is plucky and believable as an average person who must marshal her strength and smarts to get her life back. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    A thoroughly conventional exercise in pop paranoia with trendy appurtenances, The Net has little to offer outside of Bullock's moderately appealing presence. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Net starts off strong but finishes weak, and if not for the presence of actress Sandra Bullock, who graces nearly every scene, this movie might have been a snoozer. show more

  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Irwin Winkler's The Net, which should have worked a lot better than it does, is a glossy, intricately plotted, mostly implausible suspense movie about a woman on the run. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Yes, it creaks. It creaks mightily. But The Net cheerfully plugs along, asking you to swallow one whopper after the next without burping. [28 July 1995, p.6G] show more

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