Having seen The Social Network for a second time now, we can confidently say that this recent National Board of Review winner is an amazing film. It’s ridiculously addictive and entertaining, brilliantly written, brilliantly directed, and well acted. Every scene in the movie pushes the story forward.

David Fincher has firmly established himself as one of Hollywood’s premier directors. He obtains wonderful, layered performances from his cast of young actors. Jesse Eisenberg is superb as the arrogant and conflicted protagonist Mark Zuckerberg. So much of his best acting is facial. He is not very likable, of course, yet you cannot take your eyes off him. Then there is Andrew Garfield, who simply steals the show. He is the movie’s real hero, and he captivates us through a wide range of emotions extending from adolescent excitement (at the success of the site) to devastating betrayal at the hands of his best friend.

The script, penned by the extremely talented Aaron Sorkin, is top notch and hilarious. “Sorry my Prada is at the cleaners, along with my hoodie and my “fuck you” flip flops, you pretentious douche bag!” The music is original and inventive, making a dispute over intellectual property seem like a spy thriller.

But despite all this, we wonder if there is something missing. Something that would help elevate Social Network from perfectly executed, A movie to can’t miss Best Picture winner. Could it be that the film simply lacks the emotional heft to take down the top prize? Here’s the thing, we get to know all the characters, but not deeply enough, because there are too many of them. The pace is frenetic, which makes the movie mindblowingly entertaining, but it also doesn’t give the audience time to really ponder and process the film’s greater themes, which are there. Finally, the resolution is a bit unsatisfying. Yes, we get that Zuckerberg never got over Erica Albright (yet another masterful performance, by Rooney Mara), but what about everything else? The film feels like it didn’t have an ending. You expected a little bit more.

All that being said, The Social Network should be a lock for Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, and Original Score. If there were any justice in this world, Andrew Garfield would nab Best Supporting Actor too. But it is more likely that the esteemed Christian Bale will finally get his due. As for Best Picture though, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the The Social Network sweep the critics awards and then fall a little short to a more traditional dramatic film like The King’s Speech or The Fighter. It’s still early in the Oscar race and as we all know, anything can happen.