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The Truman Show (1998)

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94

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 104 | Rotten: 7

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.

92

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 2

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.

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Peter Weir directed this comedy-drama, a commentary on all-pervasive media manipulation. Scripted by Andrew M. Niccol (Gattaca), the film plays like a combination of the British TV series The Prisoner and Paul Bartel's The Secret Cinema. Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is unaware that his entire life is a hugely popular 24-hour-a-day TV series. In this real-time documentary, every moment of Truman's existence is captured by concealed cameras and telecast to a giant global audience. His friends and

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Drama, Comedy

Andrew Niccol

Jan 26, 1999

Paramount Pictures

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The important thing is that Carrey and the filmmakers have taken pains to give Truman that soul -- which, in itself, provides a kind of depth. In any case, it gets you to care about how it's going to end.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The movie might have been a soulless exercise without [Carrey]. With him, it has an authentic tremulousness, and also a dread, as if Pinocchio needed to take on Gepetto and Jiminy Crickett to become a real boy.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
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It's a satire/comedy/fantasy about the future of television and the people caught in its omnipresent electronic net: a supremely intelligent jape about a man named Truman Burbank.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Carrey is on his mettle, but you wonder why thirty years of close observation have made Truman so funny; shouldn't he be a regular guy gone mad?

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Its essential strengths are more dramatic and emotional than topical or satirical. Truman is a touchingly gallant creation, the hero of someone else's existential burlesque.

June 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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A good, intelligent, insightful movie...

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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By trying too hard to be profound about the evils of television, this implausible sci-fi morality tale stretches this theme beyond the breaking point.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Excellently cast, immaculately designed and imaginatively filmed, The Truman Show casts the hypnotic blue glow of the television screen in a whole new light.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Tthis ingenious satirical comedy drama about media omnipotence is both dazzling and sophisticated from audacious start to poignant finale.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The Truman Show is a provocative, daring drama, and Carrey, heretofore the Silly Putty-limbed star of such lowbrow joy buzzers as Dumb and Dumber and Liar Liar, pulls off the movie's tricky leading role with aplomb.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Jim Carrey proves he has more than one acting dimension in this original, clever tale of junk-culture excess.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

An unexpectedly satisfying, imaginative movie during a season of silliness and spectacle.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The Truman Show is a movie and the name of a television show within the movie, both of which star Jim Carrey. This tidy little metaphysic is superbly maintained throughout Peter Weir's flawlessly executed film.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Weir keeps things fairly entertaining, and is admirably not afraid to veer more toward drama than comedy, but his film, like the world it portrays, is all surface.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Thought-provoking story; outstanding performances.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The issues it tackles are just as relevant now (if not more so) than they were when the film was first released theatrically back in 1997.

January 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

...benefits substantially from Jim Carrey's unexpectedly layered (and flat-out moving) performance.

January 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A hilarious and breathtakingly conceived satire which also allows Carrey to edge away from broad comedy.

December 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Some of us may go out wishing for something meatier, edgier.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (11)
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Audience Reviews for The Truman Show

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.
July 7, 2013
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Melvin White

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This is the new way of comedy movie should be and I must say that I'm impressed with the idea of this movie about making someone's life is a 24-hour nonstop TV show is a brilliant idea.. Andrew Niccol wrote a great screenplay while Peter Weir makes the movie wrapped amazingly.. And the cast did quite impressive even the credits should all go to Jim Carrey with probably this movie is one of his best performance.. All I can say is I like this movie and I'm happy how the story works..
August 22, 2012
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

One of the most original ideas I have ever seen on screen. As Truman, a man with the perfect life that he never wanted, is being followed by thousands of cameras an being broadcasted worldwide n a 24 hour reality television show, he starts to realize that everything in his life just may be a little too perfect. By the end of this film I began to tear up at how beautiful and unique this film truly is. Jim Carrey is absolutely brilliant, as is everyone else. The script is great and the style is superb. There is never a dull moment in "The Truman Show" and I didn't want it to end. I absolutely love this movie!
July 6, 2012
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Christof: Seahaven is the way the world should be.
    – Submitted by Alex P (3 months ago)
    1. Christof: We accept the reality of the world with which we're presented. It's as simple as that.
    – Submitted by Alex P (3 months ago)
    1. Christof: I know you better than you know yourself.
    2. Truman Burbank: You never had a camera in my head.
    – Submitted by Darian B (9 months ago)
    1. Truman Burbank: Who are you?
    2. Christof: I am the Creator - of a television show that gives hope and joy and inspiration to millions.
    3. Truman Burbank: Then who am I?
    4. Christof: You're the star.
    – Submitted by Rider F (13 months ago)
    1. Lauren/Sylvia: Look at what you've done to him!
    2. Christof: I have given Truman the chance to lead a normal life. The world, the place you live in, is the sick place.
    – Submitted by Nick S (15 months ago)
    1. Truman Burbank: You're going to the top of the mountain, broken legs and all.
    – Submitted by Forrest E (16 months ago)
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