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Pleasantville Reviews

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December 17, 2001
One of the few recent Hollywood films out there that has used new digital technology to truly engage the viewer, and make possible a thoughtful story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Ends up having more on its mind than it can successfully handle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Much of the interest here is in watching how the black-and-white scenes (filmed on color stock) begin to flower.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
A funny and thoughtful film!
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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James Berardinelli
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A movie of unique ideological derangement that simultaneously demands and defies precise decoding.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
Both ambitious and simple-minded, Pleasantville combines technical sophistication with a rather limited imagination.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the year's best and most original films!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
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
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
A winsome and witty comedy/drama!

E! Online
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The film satirizes the blandness of such seeming perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
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.
| Original Score: 83/100
Ray Pride
January 1, 2000
Ross' often-exhilarating first feature, playful and earnest, simple and yet dauntingly, effortlessly complex, returns the high to "high concept."
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Funny for about half an hour, Pleasantville thereafter becomes an increasingly lugubrious, ultimately exasperating mix of technological wonder and ideological idiocy.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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