Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. 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.
  2. Weaver is hilarious and horrifying.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    A tart, smart, closely observed satire of the television industry.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    80
    The TV Set is a little wonder of a movie, as smart and sad and true as any comedy I've seen this year.
  5. Sigourney Weaver is a riot in the cynical Faye Dunaway network boss role.
  6. 75
    Could almost be a Christopher Guest bridging project--it's essentially Guest's The Big Picture for TV instead of film, though it's structured in the low-key, rambling, observational manner of Guest's later ensemble comedies.
  7. 75
    You'll have major fun at this movie. But what makes it something special is the way Kasdan laces the laughs with a sting.
  8. It's deftly calibrated and acted with relish: Kasdan is really good!
  9. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    The TV Set is wry and true about the messy tangle of art, commerce, and family, as talented creative types try to stay true to themselves and put food on the table. The movie is also a treasure trove of inspired comic personalities.
  10. 70
    In general, the movie doesn't necessarily reveal anything we don't already know but delivers it in a personable, entertaining manner.
  11. 70
    At times The TV Set seems to unfold almost entirely without exaggeration.
  12. 70
    Kasdan is shrewd and funny about such things as the ease with which powerful people can mimic, when they need to, the forms of sincerity and concern. The satire is unrelenting but not too broad; it stays close to common observation.
  13. Smart, funny and authentically terrifying. It's a comedy that explains how network television succeeds in being so horribly awful.
  14. 70
    Often possesses the gimlet-eyed wit of "The Player" or the mock docs of Christopher Guest.
  15. A pointed satire of the dumbing down of network TV with a sour tone and a broad execution.
  16. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    67
    Full of sharp comedy, the writing and directing is skillful and reminiscent of Kasdan's first two feature-directing efforts, "The Zero Effect" and "Orange County."
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The TV Set skewers the television industry in a manner that occasionally feels familiar and at other times is humorously incisive.
  18. In a way, The TV Set suffers from the same syndrome as the industry it's parodying: bland and compromised, it feels as if it's been fine-tuned and focus-grouped within an inch of its life.
  19. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    63
    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.
  20. 60
    This is a tepidly amusing film that will offend no one, including those it claims to skewer.
  21. 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."
  22. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    50
    Results are breezy though toothless, with too much repetition and not enough originality.
  23. 40
    Various news stories have noted the movie's accuracy, which I don't doubt, but the blanket antipathy makes for a wearying and predictable story.
  24. 38
    Insipid, formulaic and suitable for the dumbed-down sensibilities of lowest-common-denominator couch potatoes.
  25. 38
    Satire is merciless; it demands that mocker be superior to mockee.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. AlanC.
    May 18, 2007
    3
    A shameless ripoff of "For Your Consideration" which was equally annoying. A typical Hollywood inside joke on the rest of us, only it A shameless ripoff of "For Your Consideration" which was equally annoying. A typical Hollywood inside joke on the rest of us, only it backfired, because the joke was on them for being so arrogant. What a waste of time and money! Full Review »
  2. KenG.
    May 17, 2007
    8
    Sharp, clever, funny, on-the-mark satire, giving insight as to what is wrong with modern day TV.
  3. AdamB.
    Mar 28, 2007
    9
    Saw this absolutly pitch perfect satire last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, I'm so happy it is getting a wider audience. Great Saw this absolutly pitch perfect satire last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, I'm so happy it is getting a wider audience. Great Hollywood satire with an awesome cast. Sigourney Weaver Steals the show as a Ari-Gold-esque tv executive who is given some of the best one liners in recent history. A must see. Full Review »