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The Truman Show Reviews

August 18, 2014
One of the smartest, most inventive movies in memory, it manages to be as endearing as it is provocative.
August 18, 2014
The premise of Peter Weir's The Truman Show is both reasonable and ludicrous, its execution sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 18, 2014
Most movies are lucky to have one idea rattling around inside. The unusually resonant Truman positively vibrates with themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 18, 2014
The Truman Show finds a near-miraculous balance of humor and feeling in the keen intelligence of the script by Andrew Niccol and the prodigal inventiveness of Dead Poets Society director Peter Weir at his very best.
August 18, 2014
To be sure, the movie has plenty of laughs, but like sunlight on the deceptively calm surface of the sea, its light humor dances fitfully over dark and dangerous undercurrents.
August 18, 2014
The Truman Show will probably be the most thought-provoking "big" movie to come out this summer, and that says a whole lot more about other movies than it does about this one. You should, however, see it for Carrey's newly unveiled charms.
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.
June 19, 2013
The important thing is that Carrey and the filmmakers have taken pains to give Truman that soul -- which, in itself, provides a kind of depth. In any case, it gets you to care about how it's going to end.
June 19, 2013
The movie might have been a soulless exercise without [Carrey]. With him, it has an authentic tremulousness, and also a dread, as if Pinocchio needed to take on Gepetto and Jiminy Crickett to become a real boy.
June 19, 2013
It's a satire/comedy/fantasy about the future of television and the people caught in its omnipresent electronic net: a supremely intelligent jape about a man named Truman Burbank.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
June 19, 2013
Carrey is on his mettle, but you wonder why thirty years of close observation have made Truman so funny; shouldn't he be a regular guy gone mad?
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.
April 27, 2007
A good, intelligent, insightful movie...
June 24, 2006
One movie you can pronounce a modern classic with absolute confidence.
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.
July 12, 2002
The result is a rarity on any screen: intelligent fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 14, 2001
A gemlike picture crafted with rare and immaculate precision...
February 14, 2001
Adventurous, provocative, even daring.
January 1, 2000
A brilliant and daring film that blends charming comedy, affecting drama, thought-provoking satire and even a touch of biblical parable.
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
January 1, 2000
It keeps striking home ferociously.
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
January 1, 2000
This is a smart, engaging movie.
January 1, 2000
The latter part of the film, depicting Truman's rebellion and providing him with a perfect final line, is much more conventionally conceived than its splendid start.
January 1, 2000
This is a film that can stay with one for a very long time after a viewing, and even slightly change the way one looks at life and the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
In short, this pretends to be daring while parroting what much of the TV industry already thinks about itself and its audience. But it's still pretty much fun to watch.
January 1, 2000
A bracingly intelligent, provocative and witty mix of entertainment values and long thoughts.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Carrey turns Truman into a postmodern Capra hero.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 1, 2000
I had that rare feeling of elation - of wanting to share a wonderful discovery - that comes with seeing an original, inspired piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A performance of profound charm, innocence, vulnerability and pain.
January 1, 2000
If Truman becomes a classic it'll be as a witty film of ideas that's graced with a mesmerizing visual dimension.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
The conception is so audacious and inventive that the movie winds up doing something genuinely radical: it bores through the boundaries of our entire media-saturated culture.