Oct 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.
Jun 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.
Nov 6, 2002
The lighthearted fable Pleasantville takes some pointed swipes at the make-believe world of 1950s TV -- and none too soon.
Jun 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.
May 8, 2002
For a movie that makes such a big deal about color, Pleasantville is awfully black and white.
Apr 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.
Mar 3, 2002
Overcomes its moralising and occasional pomposity with magical photographic effects.
Dec 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.
Feb 14, 2001
Ends up having more on its mind than it can successfully handle.
Jan 1, 2000
Much of the interest here is in watching how the black-and-white scenes (filmed on color stock) begin to flower.
Jan 1, 2000
A film which proves Hollywood is still capable of turning out comedies that are as intelligent and original as they are feelgood.