Mainstream

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, 32% Rotten Tomatometer Score
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    Katie RifeAV Club
    A more incisive film would have something to say about using empty spectacle to comment on empty spectacle.
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    Isaac FeldbergRogerEbert.com
    [Mainstream] drills down hard into its subject, jettisoning Coppola's previous restraint in favor of a more confrontational and graceless hyperactivity.
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    Steven ScaifeSlant Magazine
    The film has the knowing swagger of something on the cutting edge but none of the self-awareness to realize it's late to the party.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    A horrifically empty "social media satire"...
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    Raphael AbrahamFinancial Times
    Mainstream takes a while (and a lot of hipster costume changes) to get there, but it eventually throws up some pertinent questions to ponder...
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    Guy LodgeThe Playlist
    A big, blunt, sanctimonious satire of YouTuber idolatry that, for all its bug-eyed, pin-balling energy, never feels remotely ahead of the curve.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    Skewering the shallow and fickle nature of viral fame, this edgy satire ultimately lacks the courage to follow through on its convictions.
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    Sarah Knight AdamsonSarah's Backstage Pass
    I enjoyed the film, as it kept me guessing while engaged. I can recommend all seeing it 17+, as it is clearly rated R. Despite our frustration with social media, the fact remains that it is powerful, and it can't and shouldn't be ignored.
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    Tim BraytonAlternate Ending
    Feels mortifyingly dated and out-of-touch, a criminal flaw for a movie whose entire identity is based on trying to hold up a mirror to its audience.
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    Chris SawinHub Pages
    Mainstream feels like this bold and heartless statement on the social media age that is terrifyingly accurate. Andrew Garfield is a force of nature; destructive, powerful, unpredictable, and absolutely hypnotic in between.
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