Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A gemlike picture crafted with rare and immaculate precision.
  2. Delicately subversive, hypnotically sardonic, full of terror, banality and wafer-thin lyricism.
  3. That rare cinematic experience-a movie so close to pure perfection that it seems a shame to spoil it by even reading a review beforehand.
  4. An original, inspired piece of work.
  5. Weir's offbeat directing makes the most of Andrew Niccol's inventive screenplay, which includes large doses of surprisingly sardonic satire aimed at today's entertainment trends.
  6. 100
    I enjoyed The Truman Show on its levels of comedy and drama; I liked Truman in the same way I liked Forrest Gump--because he was a good man, honest, and easy to sympathize with.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    A miraculous movie. It will rattle both your head and heart
  8. A beautifully sinister and transfixing entertainment-age daydream.
  9. A sunny-looking movie about the darkest paranoia.
  10. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    A brilliant and daring film.
  11. 100
    Adventurous, provocative, even daring.
  12. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    An exhilarating, fascinating story about the amazing and horrifying depth we are sinking toward as we strain to raise the entertainment bar another notch.
  13. The Truman Show is a reminder of the Beckett theme. The screenplay by Andrew Niccol starts from something like Beckett's abstraction and reifies it with details of contemporary culture, then moves on into fantasy. [June 29, 1998]
  14. 100
    One of the smartest, most inventive movies in memory, it manages to be as endearing as it is provocative.
  15. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    Achieves a kind of beauty through its overlaying enigmas, and Carrey.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Hollywood's smartest media satire in years--and a breakthrough for Jim Carrey.
  17. 90
    The Truman Show is one of the films for which the '90s will be remembered, and it is not to be missed.
  18. The result is a rarity on any screen: intelligent fun.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Funny... and the payoff is the most provocative Hollywood concoction in a while.
  20. A crowd pleaser that caters to our horror of totalitarianism, our love of personal freedom, our belief - justified or deluded - that knowledge is a powerful tool and that access to information is a God-given right.
  21. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    A smart, engaging movie.
  22. Warm, affecting and refreshingly shtickless, he (Carrey) occupies center stage here through sheer, beguiling force of personality.
  23. 80
    Carrey is a genius at registering the rage behind television's sunny smile, while Laura Linney excels as his wife.
  24. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    The film is a nightmare but an oddly comforting one.
  25. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    A sharp-witted, visually layered, gorgeously designed, meticulously directed piece of formula pablum.
  26. 75
    An appealing, offbeat, one-hundred minute diversion for those who really are tired of monsters tearing down buildings and action heroes saving the world.
  27. 70
    A cool indictment of television's near-irresistible pandering to the inner peeping tom.
  28. Undeniably provocative and reasonably entertaining, The Truman Show is one of those high-concept movies whose concept is both clever and dumb.
  29. 70
    The film is unfortunately about little more than its potentially mind-boggling plot and structure.
  30. It's unusually provocative and challenging for a Hollywood movie and, surprisingly, allows the audience to piece things together without too much external direction.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 404 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 88
  2. Negative: 6 out of 88
  1. Oct 6, 2010
    Seriously, hands down- one of my favorite movies. The story is orginal. The cinematography is perfect. Jim Carey is excellent. Surely thisSeriously, hands down- one of my favorite movies. The story is orginal. The cinematography is perfect. Jim Carey is excellent. Surely this movie is a comedy and it has it's fair share of funny moments however, the depth of this movie is what brings me back time and time again. Full Review »
  2. Oct 22, 2011
    The plot may rarely override itself in some moments, but nevertheless "The Truman Show" is a funny but sad movie that uses wonderfulThe plot may rarely override itself in some moments, but nevertheless "The Truman Show" is a funny but sad movie that uses wonderful performances by Jim Carrey and innovative direction from Peter Weir as its main fuel. Full Review »
  3. FranciscoC.
    Jan 22, 2010
    A fantastic movie with a interesting plot that makes you think, and a very good performance by Jim Carrey.