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Pleasantville Reviews

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Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The film satirizes the blandness of such seeming perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
This is a film that spells out its points to the viewer, somewhat like a second grade teacher reciting the moral of the story.
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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+
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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.
December 5, 2015
But is it enough to embrace passion for its own sake? What happens when passions clash? Pleasantville cheats a bit and skirts these questions.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
"Pleasantville" starts with an interesting premise but unfortunately, Gary Ross directs his film into a marshmallow-coated, undemanding feature instead of really trying to be daring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
For a movie that makes such a big deal about color, Pleasantville is awfully black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
Both ambitious and simple-minded, Pleasantville combines technical sophistication with a rather limited imagination.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The movie's simplistic storyline does not match its stunning visual accomplishments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
Gary Susman
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
A film that's visually brilliant and gorgeous but whose premise is more inspired than its execution.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
There's a terrific idea at the heart of Pleasantville, and it's a shame that its creator, Big screenwriter Gary Ross, can't figure where to take it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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-
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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
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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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010
Great movie for high schoolers and their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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