Apr 7, 2021
When characters begin to refer to "coloured people" in a film with exactly zero actual people of colour in the entire work, Ross' allegory shifts from weak to active inappropriate.
Sep 20, 2020
It is a reminder to me that the changes I wish to see in society I must first make within myself.
Feb 26, 2020
Is Pleasantville worth the trip? Sure. It's not the movie it might have been, but so few are.
Jan 29, 2019
Its true strength lies in what it says not only about life, but about ourselves.
Aug 13, 2011
Gary Ross (Big, Dave) makes an impressive directing debut with this charming, nicely executed fable, which contrasts values of the 1950s with those of the 1990s.
Oct 18, 2008
Ingeniously conceived and impressively executed, "Pleasantville" is a provocative, complex and surprisingly anti-nostalgic parable wrapped in the beguiling guise of a commercial high-concept comedy.
Jun 24, 2006
An ingenious fable, screenwriter Ross's directorial debut playfully spoofs the small-minded lifestyle idealised by 'family values' advocates, and the intolerance and insecurity underlying that ideal.
Feb 23, 2006
Though Ross works in some heavy-handed strokes, his portrait of stodgy Eisenhower America dazzles with some of the loveliest imagery of any 1990s film.
Dec 6, 2005
Dec 6, 2005
Apr 9, 2005
"Pleasantville" is a solid premier for director Ross, providing a thought-provoking story, solid acting and wonderful special F/X.
Jan 29, 2005
Someday, maybe someday soon, someone in Hollywood is going to make a genuinely great movie about television as a metaphor for America.
Apr 13, 2004
Hollywood satire is not usually this enjoyable: Both savage and silly, Pleasantville is an absolute blast.
Dec 8, 2002
This is an exquisite, timely film. It's nice to know that occasionally, even Hollywood does something right.