Edtv

Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Howard's film, like McConaughey's performance, is unassuming, ingratiating and a little rough around the edges.
  2. Like the television medium it genially satirizes, EDtv is a grab bag that's both amusing and frustrating.
  3. 50
    Bleach out the colors, backdate the wardrobes, insert Gary Cooper and Rosalind Russell and you've got one of Frank Capra's lesser films.
  4. 50
    Neither a revelation nor a total wash, EDtv is instead solid comic filmmaking. I just can't help but think it could have been so much more.
  5. The laserdisc of media movies - it plays fine, but it's clunky and cumbersome.
  6. 50
    It's the outstanding performance from Martin Landau that really seems to hold your interest, as well as hold the film together.
  7. Like its star, Howard's movie is affable, but has limited range.
  8. Its screenplay veers in highly questionable directions before reaching a mean-spirited climax that outweighs Ron Howard's workmanlike filmmaking and the contributions of a star-powered cast.
  9. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    Howard and his writers are so in love with their own hip self-consciousness that it's a wonder they don't feature film critics discussing their movie.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    A certain staleness hangs over the proceedings despite the best efforts of the cast and the fun-minded creative team.
  11. The movie's too slick and obvious about its intentions.
  12. 40
    It's a lot of plot but none of it is particularly funny or compelling. What keeps the film chugging along and also gives it a depressive aftertaste is a middle-aged male sexual anxiety subtext that intermittently sputters to the surface.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jul 9, 2014
    10
    Ed TV is an amusing comedy drama. Ed is a regular guy who gets his life televised 16 hours a day.
    Hijinks ensue and his family are featured
    Ed TV is an amusing comedy drama. Ed is a regular guy who gets his life televised 16 hours a day.
    Hijinks ensue and his family are featured on the show as well. An excellent cast and storyline make
    the movie hilarious. The movie is a clever social satire and shows how television affects society. The
    movie also shows how television plays a part in people's daily lives, A+.
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