Reviews

Jun 15, 2020
[A] masterfully executed cautionary tale... Yet there's something missing here: While Weir delivers both sharp wit and gentle poignancy, Truman's end catharsis needs greater emotional heft.
Aug 18, 2014
One of the smartest, most inventive movies in memory, it manages to be as endearing as it is provocative.
Aug 18, 2014
The premise of Peter Weir's The Truman Show is both reasonable and ludicrous, its execution sublime.
Aug 18, 2014
Most movies are lucky to have one idea rattling around inside. The unusually resonant Truman positively vibrates with themes.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 18, 2014
Peter Weir's film is so cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed that it almost seems like a fresh thought. And even if it doesn't, it nevertheless forms the basis of a very witty exercise.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Jun 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.
Jun 19, 2013
The Truman Show is a movie and the name of a television show within the movie, both of which star Jim Carrey. This tidy little metaphysic is superbly maintained throughout Peter Weir's flawlessly executed film.
Jun 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.
Jun 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.
Jun 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.
Jun 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.
Jun 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?
Jun 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.
Dec 29, 2010
Thought-provoking story; outstanding performances.
Apr 27, 2007
A good, intelligent, insightful movie...
Jun 24, 2006
One movie you can pronounce a modern classic with absolute confidence.