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Pleasantville Reviews

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.
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.
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
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
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
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
An immensely intelligent entertainment!
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
One of the year's best and most original films!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
This wonderful film speaks volumes about prejudice, the freedom of ideas, and the joys of diversity.
January 1, 2000
Wildly ambitious!
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January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
Both ambitious and simple-minded, Pleasantville combines technical sophistication with a rather limited imagination.
January 1, 2000
Picks up where Truman Show left off!
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
So ambitious, so clever and so satisfying in so many ways!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Pleasant, but not much more!
January 1, 2000
A showcase for wondrous special effects!
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 movie of unique ideological derangement that simultaneously demands and defies precise decoding.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
One of the year's delights!
January 1, 2000
Lush, seductive!
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 most original film!