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The Truman Show Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 18, 2014
In the end, Weir's movie is more a capitulation than a challenge to television, and a vulgar one at that. Truman turns out to be more Burbank than he is True-man.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
August 24, 2005
The intimations of profundity, of reality perceived, mediated, and processed, are milked for heavy irony rather than enlarging complexit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Carrey doesn't break off into outrageous physical comedy bits as fans might hope, and the film does take a while to find its legs, but there is something rewarding in its quirky demeanor.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
August 5, 2007
Some of us may go out wishing for something meatier, edgier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 26, 2013
By trying too hard to be profound about the evils of television, this implausible sci-fi morality tale stretches this theme beyond the breaking point.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 19, 2013
Weir keeps things fairly entertaining, and is admirably not afraid to veer more toward drama than comedy, but his film, like the world it portrays, is all surface.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
This is a profound movie for people who don't like to think, or perhaps for people who are in the media and of the media, and can't imagine any life outside it.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 18, 2014
As inventive and creative as Weir's staging is, The Truman Show wouldn't work without credible Truman. And Carrey carries off the tricky role with a chipperness that belies a deep-seeded longing for more in life than surface perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine
June 19, 2013
The Truman Show is a provocative, daring drama, and Carrey, heretofore the Silly Putty-limbed star of such lowbrow joy buzzers as Dumb and Dumber and Liar Liar, pulls off the movie's tricky leading role with aplomb.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The underlying ideas made the movie more than just entertainment. Like Gattaca, the previous film written by Niccol, it brings into focus the new values that technology is forcing on humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
An appealing, offbeat, one-hundred minute diversion for those who really are tired of monsters tearing down buildings and action heroes saving the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Thought-provoking story; outstanding performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 18, 2011
Its essential strengths are more dramatic and emotional than topical or satirical. Truman is a touchingly gallant creation, the hero of someone else's existential burlesque.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
June 19, 2013
Tthis ingenious satirical comedy drama about media omnipotence is both dazzling and sophisticated from audacious start to poignant finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
August 18, 2014
Under a cheerfully sunny sky that only heightens the paranoia, it's brilliant in conception and execution, with dozens of bright touches -- verbal jokes, visual jokes, spooky looks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Weir and Niccol have come up with a bracingly original cinematic experience.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2001
| Original Score: 3/5
Evan Williams
The Australian
June 27, 2014
Weir's touch is light and effortless, the film's pleasures falling as gently as the Mozart music piped from Seahaven's sky.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
February 14, 2001
A gemlike picture crafted with rare and immaculate precision...
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