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Pleasantville Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010
Great movie for high schoolers and their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Joe Leydon
Variety
October 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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 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.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
"Pleasantville" is a solid premier for director Ross, providing a thought-provoking story, solid acting and wonderful special F/X.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
Someday, maybe someday soon, someone in Hollywood is going to make a genuinely great movie about television as a metaphor for America.
| Original Score: B-
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
May 3, 2004
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
April 13, 2004
Hollywood satire is not usually this enjoyable: Both savage and silly, Pleasantville is an absolute blast.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
This is an exquisite, timely film. It's nice to know that occasionally, even Hollywood does something right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Ross has come up with one of the best, most subversive, and definitely one of the most memorable films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
The lighthearted fable Pleasantville takes some pointed swipes at the make-believe world of 1950s TV -- and none too soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Um dos filmes mais inteligentes de 1998.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Endearing it definitely is, so much so that it's easy to overlook the simplicity, and the sly confidence trick that gets played on us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound
March 3, 2002
Overcomes its moralising and occasional pomposity with magical photographic effects.
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