• PG, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Peter Weir
    In Theaters:
    Jun 5, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 26, 1999
  • Paramount Pictures

Critic Review - New York Magazine/Vulture

This is a profound movie for people who don't like to think, or perhaps for people who are in the media and of the media, and can't imagine any life outside it.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (21)
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Ryan R.

Ryan Runyan

"The Truman Show" points out what this guy strengthens: the selfishness of the media. We can think outside of the box. Why can't this moron?

Dec 26 - 07:57 PM

Jamie C.

Jamie Cheetham

Who don't think ? Either a seriously dull child, insecure man whom who has no depth, never experienced an imagination or just someone who believes a having a swimming in his garden is something to be overwhelmed by rather than the reality that its simply a hole, of which there are many, with water in it. People who don't like to think ? Thats far from the truth and all opinions are usually understood but not necessarily agreed with, this one is irrelevant. The film deserves its high rating.

Oct 20 - 02:29 PM

ryan c.

ryan crowther

New York Magazine. Stick to rating the village bar scene.

Dec 5 - 05:48 PM

Joshua N.

Joshua Nel

(if you even bothered to watch the film) the movie comments on the media and it's grip on people. obviously you can't understand this concept.

Apr 12 - 01:38 PM

Jake W.

Jake Ward

No one's opinion is fact. Especially not this guy's.
What interests me is why the %&$# is he a Top Critic?

Apr 23 - 05:07 PM

Ummon Karpe

Ummon Karpe

Exactly. This is possibly the most ridiculous review I've ever read.

Mar 5 - 07:09 PM

Barry V

John Hughes

Not enough to dislike it, you have to insult anyone (95% of the audience) who does. Sorry you didn't get it. Sorry, you are that insecure. Please ask for help, no embarassment. There are millions of grade school kids who can hold your hand through an explanation. By the way, how the hell did you for this one time, show up on a favorite critics list. Suppose you made love to a tomato.

May 25 - 04:48 PM

Vermin Jerky

Maryann E.

That's what I was thinking. Man, take away whatever impression of the movie you want. But why so nasty? "This movie was so bad, only stupid people will like it." Excuse me?

I might even give a critic some leeway on a genuinely stupid movie that everyone agrees is stupid. But a movie that's got 95%? What the hell?

Remind me to never buy New York Magazine. I don't need to to pay to be insulted by douchebags I've never met and don't care about.

Aug 8 - 06:06 AM

Jake W.

Jake Ward

I'm not gonna insult you like the other trolls here. I do not consider myself, in any way, a follower of the media. But the one thing that I wish this movie had was just a bit more drama. Other than that, I though it was great. Not exceptional, but still great.
I just want these idiots, and all the other idiots out there, that your opinion on something is a reflection of your personality, and your personality is inscribed in your DNA. They're basically criticizing you for not having the same genetic code as you. So don't listen to these guys.

Jun 19 - 08:20 AM

Barry V

John Hughes

Your comments from 4-12 and 6-19 would suggest that on at least one occasion, you were over/under medicated.

Nov 26 - 03:34 PM

Vermin Jerky

Maryann E.

Um, no, some of the people here didn't exactly express themselves well, but there's nothing wrong with criticizing a critic whose review is poor. This review is particularly galling in that it insults people whose viewpoint differs from his own. Your comment is pure foolishness.

Aug 8 - 06:12 AM


Barry Anderson

who's talking to you, Lucy?

Jul 3 - 04:37 PM


Rob Schneider

Peter, some pretty accurate comments have been made about you already so I only need to say FUCK YOU

Jan 7 - 12:20 PM

Jimi G.

James Gingerich

It's cute how all of you get your panties in a bunch about a movie you "know" is genius. Well, I do believe there is a concept of objective artistic quality, and I also believe this movie IS as shallow as the culture it wishes it could lambast.

Apr 17 - 09:02 PM

William Boissonnault

William Boissonnault

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Will I complain about you like everybody else here? No, cause there's something called freedom of opinion, dumbasses.

Aug 13 - 11:00 AM

Kostas Vasiliadis

Kostas Vasiliadis

This is the most irrelevant, bad review I have ever read in my life.. From people that obviously didn't understand a movie. This is a movie that it's creators (or viewers)not only like to think but they predicted, in a way, an upcoming future

Aug 29 - 07:03 AM

Kostas Vasiliadis

Kostas Vasiliadis

To William above: Sure you can complain because of this freedom you mention. The same freedom someone uses to write a review

Aug 29 - 07:04 AM

Jatin Birajdar

Jatin Birajdar

top critic .....my arse!!

Dec 25 - 08:48 AM


Edward Stymest

I loved loved LOVED "The Truman Show" but it really isn't a difficult film to comprehend. At all (philosophers have a tendency to bloviate endlessly on a philosophical topic a movie only touches base on. Something they won't be able to tell you is what makes a good or challenging film.) If Rainer found it so as well then it's all fair game.

Apr 3 - 05:44 AM

Anirban Chakraborty

Anirban Chakraborty

Well, Mr.Rainer, I sure don't know the exact reason for your comment but it might be the case that you are deeply unsettled by the story and setting of the movie. May it would have occurred to you that it could well have been you instead of Truman. Would you have escaped? Or would you have carried on? The very thought is frightening indeed. We are all more or less paranoid, Mr.Rainer. But that doesn't mean we have to deny a great piece of art its due.

Jul 11 - 06:42 AM

Michael S.

Michael Smith

Did we see the same movie?

Oct 25 - 01:29 PM

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