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


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The Truman Show Reviews

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Evan Williams
The Australian

Weir's touch is light and effortless, the film's pleasures falling as gently as the Mozart music piped from Seahaven's sky.

Full Review Source: The Australian | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 27, 2014
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

July 26, 2013
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 5/5

June 19, 2013
Alan Jones
Radio Times

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

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

June 19, 2013
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

June 19, 2013

Total Film

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

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

June 19, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

June 19, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun

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.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 4/4

June 19, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

June 19, 2013
David Edelstein
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

June 19, 2013
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

June 19, 2013
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

June 19, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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?

Full Review Source: New Yorker

June 19, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 18, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Thought-provoking story; outstanding performances.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 29, 2010
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

January 24, 2009
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 17, 2009


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

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 14, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

August 5, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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A good, intelligent, insightful movie...

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
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