The Truman Show Reviews

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
August 18, 2014
One of the smartest, most inventive movies in memory, it manages to be as endearing as it is provocative.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 18, 2014
The premise of Peter Weir's The Truman Show is both reasonable and ludicrous, its execution sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 18, 2014
Most movies are lucky to have one idea rattling around inside. The unusually resonant Truman positively vibrates with themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Sander
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 18, 2014
A disturbing, spooky but eventually uplifting drama/satire/horror film starring Jim Carrey.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 18, 2014
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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 18, 2014
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.
Richard Williams
Guardian
August 18, 2014
Peter Weir's film is so cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed that it almost seems like a fresh thought. And even if it doesn't, it nevertheless forms the basis of a very witty exercise.
Philip Booth
Orlando Weekly
August 18, 2014
Director Peter Weir has created a strikingly subversive piece of information-age paranoia as visionary as anything Hollywood might manufacture this summer, or this decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
August 18, 2014
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.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 18, 2014
As inventive and creative as Weir's staging is, The Truman Show wouldn't work without credible Truman. And Carrey carries off the tricky role with a chipperness that belies a deep-seeded longing for more in life than surface perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
August 18, 2014
Under a cheerfully sunny sky that only heightens the paranoia, it's brilliant in conception and execution, with dozens of bright touches -- verbal jokes, visual jokes, spooky looks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Evan Williams
The Australian
June 27, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
June 19, 2013
Tthis ingenious satirical comedy drama about media omnipotence is both dazzling and sophisticated from audacious start to poignant finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine
June 19, 2013
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.

Total Film
June 19, 2013
Jim Carrey proves he has more than one acting dimension in this original, clever tale of junk-culture excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 19, 2013
An unexpectedly satisfying, imaginative movie during a season of silliness and spectacle.
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
June 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 19, 2013
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.
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June 19, 2013
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.
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