Pleasantville Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 13, 2011
Gary Ross (Big, Dave) makes an impressive directing debut with this charming, nicely executed fable, which contrasts values of the 1950s with those of the 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010
Great movie for high schoolers and their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
October 18, 2008
Ingeniously conceived and impressively executed, "Pleasantville" is a provocative, complex and surprisingly anti-nostalgic parable wrapped in the beguiling guise of a commercial high-concept comedy.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
An ingenious fable, screenwriter Ross's directorial debut playfully spoofs the small-minded lifestyle idealised by 'family values' advocates, and the intolerance and insecurity underlying that ideal.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 23, 2006
Though Ross works in some heavy-handed strokes, his portrait of stodgy Eisenhower America dazzles with some of the loveliest imagery of any 1990s film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
"Pleasantville" is a solid premier for director Ross, providing a thought-provoking story, solid acting and wonderful special F/X.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
Someday, maybe someday soon, someone in Hollywood is going to make a genuinely great movie about television as a metaphor for America.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
April 13, 2004
Hollywood satire is not usually this enjoyable: Both savage and silly, Pleasantville is an absolute blast.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Ross has come up with one of the best, most subversive, and definitely one of the most memorable films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
This is an exquisite, timely film. It's nice to know that occasionally, even Hollywood does something right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
The lighthearted fable Pleasantville takes some pointed swipes at the make-believe world of 1950s TV -- and none too soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
"Pleasantville" starts with an interesting premise but unfortunately, Gary Ross directs his film into a marshmallow-coated, undemanding feature instead of really trying to be daring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
There's a terrific idea at the heart of Pleasantville, and it's a shame that its creator, Big screenwriter Gary Ross, can't figure where to take it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Um dos filmes mais inteligentes de 1998.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
For a movie that makes such a big deal about color, Pleasantville is awfully black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Endearing it definitely is, so much so that it's easy to overlook the simplicity, and the sly confidence trick that gets played on us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Susman
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
A film that's visually brilliant and gorgeous but whose premise is more inspired than its execution.
Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound
March 3, 2002
Overcomes its moralising and occasional pomposity with magical photographic effects.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
An innovative and ethically provocative film about free spirits and those who would keep them down.
December 17, 2001
One of the few recent Hollywood films out there that has used new digital technology to truly engage the viewer, and make possible a thoughtful story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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