The Truman Show (1998)

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Critic Consensus: A funny, tender, and thought-provoking film, The Truman Show is all the more noteworthy for its remarkably prescient vision of runaway celebrity culture and a nation with an insatiable thirst for the private details of ordinary lives.


Movie Info

Jim Carrey gives a remarkable performance as a man learning that his entire life in a storybook coastal village has been the subject of a live, 24-hour-a-day womb-to-tomb television drama.

Rating: PG (For thematic elements and mild language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Niccol
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 26, 1999
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures

Cast


as Truman Burbank

as Christof

as Lauren/Sylvia

as Young Truman

as Lawrence

as Mike Michaelson

as Man in Bathtub

as Vivien

as Spencer

as Travel Agent

as Simeon/Control Room ...

as Truman's Neighbor

as Truman's Neighbor

as Truman's Neighbor

as Teacher

as News Vendor

as Insurance Co-Worker

as Ferry Worker

as Bus Driver/Ferry Cap...

as Bus Supervisor

as Little Girl in Bus

as Security Guard

as Man at Beach

as Truman (age 4)

as Surgeon

as Hospital Security Gu...

as Policeman at Power P...

as Policeman at Truman'...

as Policeman at Truman'...

as Man in Christmas Box

as Woman at Picnic Tabl...

as Man at Picnic Table

as Production Assistant

as Man at Newstand

as Man at Newstand

as Ticket Taker

as Control Room Directo...

as Chloe

as Network Executive

as Network Executive

as Keyboard Artist

as Keyboard Artist

as Bar Waitress

as Bartender

as Bar Patron

as Bar Patron

as Bar Patron

as Senior Citizen

as Senior Citizen

as Garage Attendant

as Garage Attendant

as Daughter

as Japanese Family Memb...

as Japanese Family Memb...

as Japanese Family Memb...
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Critic Reviews for The Truman Show

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (33)

One of the smartest, most inventive movies in memory, it manages to be as endearing as it is provocative.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

The premise of Peter Weir's The Truman Show is both reasonable and ludicrous, its execution sublime.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Most movies are lucky to have one idea rattling around inside. The unusually resonant Truman positively vibrates with themes.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The Truman Show finds a near-miraculous balance of humor and feeling in the keen intelligence of the script by Andrew Niccol and the prodigal inventiveness of Dead Poets Society director Peter Weir at his very best.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

To be sure, the movie has plenty of laughs, but like sunlight on the deceptively calm surface of the sea, its light humor dances fitfully over dark and dangerous undercurrents.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

The Truman Show will probably be the most thought-provoking "big" movie to come out this summer, and that says a whole lot more about other movies than it does about this one. You should, however, see it for Carrey's newly unveiled charms.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
CNN.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Truman Show

½

One of the few times i could stand Jim Carrey. This movie was much better than i expected considering my dislike for Carrey

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

One of the best movies I have ever seen.

CreedsDelight
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

Christof: We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.

"On the air. Unaware."

The Truman Show may have one of the most genius premises ever for a film. There's, especially today, always this fear of being watched. With all the paranoia about our phone calls and texts being sold to the government and with cameras everywhere and anywhere, it's a common part of our everyday. So with The Truman Show, we view a protagonist whose whole existence is a tv show. He's been on the air for thirty years, since his birth and he doesn't even know it. 

Truman is a married, insurance agent. That's his "character" in the tv show, The Truman Show, that he stars as. The show was created by Christof, and everyone in the town he lives in is in on it. They are all actors. Truman is beginning to suspect all this and just wants to find the girl who he really wants to be with. But the show controls his life without his even knowing it. 

This film is pretty much flawless. It's well thought out and just keeps getting better as it goes on, while many movies with great premises like this run out of steam near the end. The Truman Show is a perfect example, that great writing is what makes a movie great. Sure Peter Weir is legendary director and his work here is among his best, but what makes this movie so good, is definitely the screenplay. Also you gotta love Jim Carey in movies like this. This is where he thrives.

So if you haven't seen The Truman Show, it is a must watch. It's nonstop fun, intelligent entertainment. The story has good ideas present at every turning point, and just when you think the movie has reached as good of quality as it can, it introduces something else that makes it even better. This is a masterpiece and it would be a shame to miss a film like this one.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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