David Denby thinks The Newsroom is pretty good and likes Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue.
Dismissing the show, the media critic Howard Kurtz has complained that people don’t talk this way in newsrooms. No, they don’t. And they didn’t talk in actual newsrooms they way they did in the Hecht-MacArthur newspaper farce, “The Front Page,” or in all its many iterations (including the wisecracking classic “His Girl Friday”). And people in small towns didn’t talk the way they did in satirical Preston Sturges farces like “Hail the Conquering Hero.” Kurtz is being densely literal-minded. Sorkin fits into the glorious tradition of those classic Hollywood screenwriters. His kind of aggressively heightened talk, when it’s good, is commonly called entertainment, even art. Realism isn’t the issue.
Also: If you don’t like Sorkin, it’s possible you just don’t get it.