User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
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  1. Beercan
    Jan 7, 2005
    3
    A stupefyingly bland rip-off of "The Truman Show" with almost nothing to recommend it, EdTV just plains sucks, yo. Watching this movie is to become as trapped and hounded as its protagonist. If you must watch, pass the interminable running time by silently wondering why Ron Howard has an Oscar, but Martin Scorsese doesn't.
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48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. 60
    Howard's film, like McConaughey's performance, is unassuming, ingratiating and a little rough around the edges.
  2. 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.
  3. The results are comical and unexpected -- and just a bit eerie.