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Pleasantville Reviews

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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.
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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
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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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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
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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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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
An immensely intelligent entertainment!
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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January 1, 2000
This wonderful film speaks volumes about prejudice, the freedom of ideas, and the joys of diversity.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Wildly ambitious!
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Both ambitious and simple-minded, Pleasantville combines technical sophistication with a rather limited imagination.
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Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
Picks up where Truman Show left off!
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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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
So ambitious, so clever and so satisfying in so many ways!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Pleasant, but not much more!
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
A showcase for wondrous special effects!
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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
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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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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
One of the year's delights!
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Lush, seductive!
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A most original film!