Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 100
    The kind of parable that encourages us to re-evaluate the good old days and take a fresh look at the new world we so easily dismiss as decadent.
  2. 90
    This uncommonly clever, surprisingly poignant fairy tale packs a social wallop that we're not quite prepared for.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    90
    Ingeniously conceived and impressively executed, Pleasantville is a provocative, complex and surprisingly anti-nostalgic parable.
  4. Magical, visually exciting, affecting even in its sincere hokeyness, and extremely provocative.
  5. 88
    Not only is Pleasantville a satire, a fantasy, and a visual marvel, but it's the best kind of feel-good movie.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. FromHolland;)
    Oct 30, 2005
    9
    I really enjoyed watching this movie.
  2. Oct 2, 2013
    8
    Offering up some fantastic visual disparities, some forthright cultural criticism, and a bounty of dramedic moments, "Pleasantville" surmounts a rocky first fifteen minutes and ultimately sails into the boundaries of a fantastic work of art. Full Review »
  3. Sep 22, 2014
    10
    A genuine work of art with award worthy acting and Pleasantville is a one of a kind masterpiece.
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