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
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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.
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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.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 18, 2014
In the end, Weir's movie is more a capitulation than a challenge to television, and a vulgar one at that. Truman turns out to be more Burbank than he is True-man.
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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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 19, 2013
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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 19, 2013
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?
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 18, 2011
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
A good, intelligent, insightful movie...
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Tom Charity
Time Out
June 24, 2006
One movie you can pronounce a modern classic with absolute confidence.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
The result is a rarity on any screen: intelligent fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 14, 2001
A gemlike picture crafted with rare and immaculate precision...
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Adventurous, provocative, even daring.
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A brilliant and daring film that blends charming comedy, affecting drama, thought-provoking satire and even a touch of biblical parable.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
An appealing, offbeat, one-hundred minute diversion for those who really are tired of monsters tearing down buildings and action heroes saving the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
It keeps striking home ferociously.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The underlying ideas made the movie more than just entertainment. Like Gattaca, the previous film written by Niccol, it brings into focus the new values that technology is forcing on humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
This is a smart, engaging movie.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The latter part of the film, depicting Truman's rebellion and providing him with a perfect final line, is much more conventionally conceived than its splendid start.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
This is a film that can stay with one for a very long time after a viewing, and even slightly change the way one looks at life and the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
In short, this pretends to be daring while parroting what much of the TV industry already thinks about itself and its audience. But it's still pretty much fun to watch.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
A bracingly intelligent, provocative and witty mix of entertainment values and long thoughts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Carrey turns Truman into a postmodern Capra hero.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
I had that rare feeling of elation - of wanting to share a wonderful discovery - that comes with seeing an original, inspired piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
A performance of profound charm, innocence, vulnerability and pain.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
If Truman becomes a classic it'll be as a witty film of ideas that's graced with a mesmerizing visual dimension.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
The conception is so audacious and inventive that the movie winds up doing something genuinely radical: it bores through the boundaries of our entire media-saturated culture.