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The Truman Show Reviews

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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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 5, 2007
Some of us may go out wishing for something meatier, edgier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
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.
June 11, 2019
You can't take your eyes off Jim Carry. He's the most likable clown since Charlie Chaplin, and his sunny smile lightens the serious subject matter. He's the perfect subject to make Reality TV a reality.
January 1, 2000
The biggest star here is director Weir in this bold and beautiful tour de force.
December 14, 2008
A hilarious and breathtakingly conceived satire which also allows Carrey to edge away from broad comedy.
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
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.
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
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
December 29, 2010
Thought-provoking story; outstanding performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Weir and Niccol have come up with a bracingly original cinematic experience.
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