Picks and Pans Review: The Image

updated 01/29/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/29/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

HBO (Sat., Jan. 27, 9:30 P.M. ET)

C+

He's America's best-known network investigative reporter, but this Emmy-winning dynamo is about to experience simultaneous career and conjugal crises.

Albert Finney in the lead and John Mahoney as his bestest buddy and producer both play it a little too smugly. Far better are Kathy Baker and Swoosie Kurtz as the good witch/bad witch of the TV studio. It's a slick, fast-paced melodrama, not especially long on realism.

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