|New Line Cinema | Release Date: October 23, 1998||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Offers effortless charm, wit, and originality in spades.
What makes up for the, at times, slow-moving theatrics is the physical beauty of Pleasantville.
Charming and imaginative.
Terrific idea, brilliantly worked out on a technical level.
Eventually falls into the same candy-coated trap it's trying to expose. But the fact that a movie can acknowledge the trap exists is a step in the right direction.
Ross might have been better served by dismissing verisimilitude altogether and going for a real fable-fable to make what is essentially a very simple point about the dangers and rewards of accepting life's beautiful risks.
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