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Pleasantville Reviews

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July 9, 2001
An inverted fish out of water tale - like taking a lion raised by sheep & putting it in the middle of the savannah.
Full Review| Original Score: 5
May 7, 2001
Maybe it stretches the point a little far, but it's still entertaining to sit through, beautiful to look at, and stimulating to think about.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 14, 2001
Ends up having more on its mind than it can successfully handle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Much of the interest here is in watching how the black-and-white scenes (filmed on color stock) begin to flower.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
A funny and thoughtful film!
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 1, 2000
The most stunning thing about Pleasantville is the film's look, which rivals that of the year's other two most visually-impressive productions, Dark City and What Dreams May Come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
A movie of unique ideological derangement that simultaneously demands and defies precise decoding.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Both ambitious and simple-minded, Pleasantville combines technical sophistication with a rather limited imagination.
January 1, 2000
One of the year's best and most original films!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A film which proves Hollywood is still capable of turning out comedies that are as intelligent and original as they are feelgood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
A winsome and witty comedy/drama!
January 1, 2000
Supported by excellent production design and cutting-edge tech wizardry, this ingenious film is a clever multileveled parable about the Brave New World of modern life.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 1, 2000
Technical elegance and fine performances mask the shallowness of a story as simpleminded as the '50s TV to which it condescends.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
The film satirizes the blandness of such seeming perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 1, 2000
This wondrous little fable is a cross between The Truman Show and Back to the Future -- and it's better than both.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
The acting in this film -- particularly Maguire, Allen and Daniels (whom I don't generally find very appealing) -- is terrific, but the show belongs to Gary Ross.
Read More | Original Score: 83/100
January 1, 2000
Ross' often-exhilarating first feature, playful and earnest, simple and yet dauntingly, effortlessly complex, returns the high to "high concept."
January 1, 2000
Funny for about half an hour, Pleasantville thereafter becomes an increasingly lugubrious, ultimately exasperating mix of technological wonder and ideological idiocy.
January 1, 2000
Fascinating!
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 1, 2000
Exploding with originality and verve, Pleasantville is an absolute delight.
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