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      Pleasantville Reviews

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      Great movie for high schoolers and their parents.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Dec 27, 2010

      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.

      Full Review | Oct 18, 2008

      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.

      Full Review | Jun 24, 2006

      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 | Nov 6, 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 | Jun 18, 2002

      For a movie that makes such a big deal about color, Pleasantville is awfully black and white.

      Full Review | Original Score: F | May 8, 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 | Apr 12, 2002

      Overcomes its moralising and occasional pomposity with magical photographic effects.

      Full Review | Mar 3, 2002

      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.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Dec 17, 2001

      Ends up having more on its mind than it can successfully handle.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5 | Feb 14, 2001

      A showcase for wondrous special effects!

      Full Review | Jan 1, 2000

      Much of the interest here is in watching how the black-and-white scenes (filmed on color stock) begin to flower.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5 | Jan 1, 2000

      Picks up where Truman Show left off!

      Full Review | Jan 1, 2000

      One of the year's delights!

      Full Review | Jan 1, 2000

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Jan 1, 2000

      A most original film!

      Full Review | 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Jan 1, 2000

      Lush, seductive!

      Full Review | Jan 1, 2000

      The movie's simplistic storyline does not match its stunning visual accomplishments.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5 | Jan 1, 2000

      Funny for about half an hour, Pleasantville thereafter becomes an increasingly lugubrious, ultimately exasperating mix of technological wonder and ideological idiocy.

      Full Review | Jan 1, 2000

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