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Acclaimed Film Critic, Richard Roeper, Predicts "The Social Network" a Surefire Oscar Contender

Richard Roeper (Marketwire) - 01 October 2010

Acclaimed Film Critic, Richard Roeper, Predicts "The Social Network" a Surefire Oscar Contender

Roeper Invokes "Citizen Cane" in Latest Review

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire) -  Renowned film critic and Chicago Sun-Times columnist, Richard Roeper, gives "The Social Network" an A+ rating, calling this story of the birth of Facebook "the Citizen Kane of modern social media movies."

"From its opening scene featuring a brilliant undergrad digging himself deeper and deeper with a girlfriend who has no choice but to leave this guy, 'The Social Network' is an electric, mesmerizing movie that never strikes a wrong note," said Roeper. "It's a surefire Oscar contender. I give it an A+."

In his review at, Roeper declares that Jesse Eisenberg is perfectly cast as Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. He says that the outstanding supporting cast includes Justin Timberlake as Napster whiz Sean Parker, who infiltrates and divides the original team and, in a small but pivotal role, Rooney Mara as the girl who dumps Zuckerberg. Despite an impressive cast, Roeper attributes the film's success to its script and direction.

"Working from an Oscar-worthy script by Aaron Sorkin, the brilliant director David Fincher delivers one of his most straightforward and one of his best movies," adds Roeper.

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About Richard Roeper

Richard Roeper is co-host of the Roe Conn Show with Richard Roeper on Citadel-owned WLS-AM. He has been a daily columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 20 years, during which time his work has won numerous honors, including the National Headliner Award as the best columnist in the country.

Roeper has written eight books. The most recent, titled Bet the House, has just been published. He has also written for Esquire, Maxim, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide and many other national publications.

For eight years, Roeper was the co-host of "Ebert & Roeper." He currently reviews films for Starz,, YouTube and Roeper is also a regular contributor to the Reelz Channel.

Roeper has appeared as a guest on "The Tonight Show," "Top Chef," "Entourage," "Nightline," "Regis & Kelly," "Oprah," "The Today Show" and numerous other programs.

As a commentator for Fox in Chicago, Roeper won two Midwest Emmys. He has also worked as a film critic for the CBS-2 affiliate in Chicago. Roeper has hosted radio shows on a number of stations in Chicago.

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